By John Vogl
Donald Kane was always there for his grandson Patrick. He was at the NHL draft, just months after heart surgery, when Chicago chose Patrick Kane first overall. Donald helped drop the first puck for Patrick's first game in Buffalo against the Sabres.
Sadly for the Kane family, Donald died Monday. Kane honored him during and after Monday's game with the Blackhawks, scoring twice in the 5-3 win over Los Angeles and telling everyone how great his grandfather was as a friend and role model.
“It was a tough day overall,” Kane said through tears. “He was one of my great friends growing up. It’s just a really sad, sad day. It was important to get the win, but anytime you someone taken away from you, who’s so close to you, who means so much, it’s tough to get ready for the game.
“He lived next door to me my whole childhood. We would do things like play cards and hang out by the pool throughout the summers. He came to all of my hockey games ... It was a tough day for sure.”
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