SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Patrick Kane talked Sunday of his weekend spent with teammates as the Blackhawks wrapped up their opening training camp trip to the University of Notre Dame.
“I feel like I got better every day, and I feel like I’m trying some things out there to try and get back to where I feel comfortable. But overall, I thought it was a fun weekend,” Kane said. “It was a great event put on by Notre Dame. It’s always fun coming down here. I feel like it was good time spent here.”
Kane has been under investigation since early August, when a young woman accused him of raping her in his Hamburg, N.Y. home. Kane has not been charged with anything. Kane said he tried to focus on hockey during his time in South Bend.
“It’s nice to be around my teammates and playing hockey,” he said. “When I’m on the ice, just trying to focus on that. It definitely takes your mind off things.”
But the investigation continues.
On Saturday night the Buffalo News reported, citing four sources, that DNA evidence does not confirm the young woman’s allegations that Kane raped her. Asked on Sunday if he knew when the situation may be resolved, Kane said, “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t think it’s… That would all be speculation, so…”
Kane hadn’t skated much entering this weekend but said he’s feeling like he’s close to where he wants to be.
“I think I’ve gotten better this weekend, but I still want to keep improving,” he said. “I wouldn’t necessarily (say I’m) happy where I am right now, but I feel like I’m confident, improving every day and trying to get to where I need to be by Oct. 7.”