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from Mike Imrem of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
So, I ask, could the Hawks and should the Hawks have managed Kane in a more effective manner?
The Hawks have been Chicago's model professional sports franchise on and off the ice. But that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes.
Kane has at least three embarrassing prior incidents that signaled a dangerous life path.
Hawks ownership and management presumably scolded Kane about his behavior and urged him to clean up his act.
The Hawks have leverage with hockey players. They want to come here to play; those already here want to stay.
Kane wants to play for the Hawks, so maybe they could have demanded that he get help.
Did the Hawks ever insist that Kane allow a professional to evaluate him before they signed him to an eight-year, $84-million contract extension?
Or did the Hawks simply believe what they wanted to believe: That Patrick Kane had become a new and improved person?
via Mark Lazerus tweets,
Really disheartening that every update on the Kane situation brings a barrage of hateful, misogynistic responses towards an alleged victim.
You preach restraint, but we should reserve judgment on all sides, not only the side that you like best.
from The Buffalo News,
Sources with knowledge of the investigation said that the young woman who has accused the hockey superstar of rape had bite marks on her shoulders and a scratch on her leg after the alleged attack.
The woman alleges that Kane invited her and a female friend to his home for a private party after they met him last Saturday night at SkyBar, a popular nightclub on Franklin Street, the sources said.
Shortly after she and her friend arrived at Kane’s home on Old Lakeshore Road, the accuser alleges that she went by herself into another room, where Kane followed her, overpowered her and raped her, the sources said.
The woman left Kane’s home with her friend and used a cellphone to call a relative immediately after the alleged attack. She then went to a local hospital for examination, and police were called afterward, the sources said.
The alleged attack occurred about 4 a.m. last Sunday, about an hour after Kane was seen leaving SkyBar.
A person who knows the woman described her as frantic and traumatized when she called her relative to report what happened.
SkyBar’s owner, Mark Croce, told The Buffalo News on Saturday night that he has no way of knowing what happened between the woman and Kane at Kane’s home. He said he only knows Kane casually and has never been to his home.
But Croce told The News that he and several of his employees noticed a young woman “hanging all over” Kane at SkyBar for at least two hours that night, putting her hands on his arms and “being very forward, very flirtatious with him.” He said he does not know the woman and does not know her name.
from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Hawks president John McDonough is out of his mind with anger and disgust over this last Kane incident during the offseason. McDonough came in and helped engineer the Hawks into perhaps the most successful and envied franchise in all of pro sports. It would not be wrong to call him, as one would call most great executives, a control freak. He wants the message controlled so that his product is the best any fan could want: a wildly successful, family-friendly, hugely entertaining and scandal-free franchise that does nothing wrong.
If the time is right and the disgust goes unabated, McDonough will dump Kane from the organization like a rotten timber from a mansion.
I spoke earlier of Kane’s issues, and here, I believe, is the third: He is Peter Pan. He has never had to grow up.
This is because he was identified as a hockey genius when he was just a child, and so much smoke has been blown up his behind that he might reasonably be expected to lift off the ground like a hot-air balloon.
He never went to college. He never truly matured. He never was able to shed the hockey culture of excess that has ruled for generations.
This is terrible for the Hawks. Of course, it is terrible for the woman involved — if, in fact, this situation is real and true. And for Kane, it’s do or die.
from Tim Baffoe of CBSChicago,
You don’t know him on a meaningful level. Maybe he signed your kid’s hat that one time. Maybe you took a picture with him at a golf outing a few years ago.
But Patrick Kane is not your friend. You are not his dawg, and he is not your bro. For all intents and purposes he doesn’t care about you no matter how many times you’ve swooned at him saying something about “not being able to accomplish this without you great fans.”
And you need to stop with the garbage default setting of rushing to defend him. Even under the guise of “innocent until proven guilty.”
History tells us that a story like this sexual assault allegation against Kane does not end well for anyone involved. It also suggests that should an outcome conclude in favor of Kane, the rape culture we live in and unbalanced system of law enforcement and judicial process in sexual assault cases does not mean he did nothing wrong.
I want you to realize that right now and acknowledge it and give it the credence it deserves. A lack of charge, prosecution, or guilty verdict over sexual assault does not mean sexual assault did not occur. It’s entirely possible no wrongdoing on Kane’s part went on, but innocent until proven guilty applies to this particular celebrity avoiding jail time. It does not exonerate him from what he and his accuser know happened between them. It does not help his frat boy reputation, which isn’t illegal but damn sure isn’t palatable once is crosses the line between drunk video cult hero and this kind of accusation. And it does not make his words at the most recent Blackhawks rally any less prophetic.
added 12:44pm, you can watch the brief statement for the police chief below...
from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Oh, boy, this could be, and I say, could be — if things turn out in the most negative way possible — the worst thing to happen to a star athlete in Chicago history.
It could be the worst thing to happen to a star athlete in, well, any pro sport in recent memory. Maybe ever.
The report is sketchy at this time, but various reports from Buffalo are saying police are investigating Patrick Kane, and a woman is involved.
If this investigation takes a left turn for Kane and goes straight off the cliff, I don’t think it’s too much to say the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup era is over and the NHL is badly wounded.
Kane is the wild child with the magic skates and a sushi chef’s hands who has captivated Chicago and much of the hockey-loving world with his skills on ice.
His previous drinking exploits and public misbehavior — including punching a cab driver over a fare dispute in Buffalo and showing up in a photo apparently passed-out drunk in Madison, Wisconsin — were glossed over because he was ‘‘a kid.’’
added 8:19am, from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
from Lou Michel and Robert J. McCarthy of the Buffalo News,
Hamburg police are investigating an incident reportedly involving Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks star, two sources with knowledge of the probe have told The Buffalo News.
Two sources said Hamburg police officials have forbidden their officers and detectives from publicly discussing the investigation.
“We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime,” said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III used very similar language when asked about an investigation.
“We neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of an investigation until such time as someone has been charged with a crime,” Sedita said.
NEW YORK (Aug. 5, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, National Hockey League Players’ Association and University of Minnesota gathered at TCF Bank Stadium today to unveil plans for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
In January, the NHL® announced the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be comprised of two games: the Wild vs. Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET and the Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. ET.
The Wild-Blackhawks game will be broadcast live in the U.S. on NBC as part of a Hockey Day in America triple-header on NBC and NBCSN. In Canada, the event will be televised live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
"I think Stan Bowman and his staff have done an amazing job of making some really good 'hockey trades,'" Olczyk told CSNChicago.com. "It's not easy to make 'hockey trades' in the salary cap era. Sure, you're going to miss Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad and you had to put Stephen Johns in the deal, but the Hawks have picked up some really good players."
Some of those players include Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Trevor Daley, and Ryan Garbutt, all of whom were acquired via trade this offseason. The talent is there, but with the many new additions comes growing pains.
The Blackhawks will have to overcome that, which Olczyk believes will take some time, on top of battling a short offseason if they want to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.
While it certainly presents a tough challenge, anything is possible under coach Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks leadership.
"It is really difficult. I just think that it's going to take some time," Olczyk said. "You've got one of the best coaches of all-time behind the bench. ... I think he's got an opportunity here with a lot of new faces, a lot of young guys, some new players coming in to mix and match. It's not going to be easy — there's nothing easy."
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