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No charges against Kane after Wisconsin weekend

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No charges against Kane after Wisconsin weekend

It was more than a year ago when Patrick Kane, sitting in his locker after a game, addressed a recent Deadspin article. Kane had missed two practice days with the flu; the story said his illness came after he was out drinking too much at a local establishment.

"When you see that, your heart kind of drops, especially when you're sick," Kane said at the time. "I'm here to play hockey. I think that website makes up a lot of stuff.

Its possible the site did make up that February 2011 story. Kane said the pictures accompanying it were probably from the summer. But when the site wrote about Kanes partying at a Madison, Wis., Cinco de Mayo celebration earlier this month, theres no doubt the Blackhawks forward was there, and doing just that.

How far things got out of hand is whats up for debate. Anonymous witnesses claim Kane choked a woman and said anti-Semetic remarks. As of now, its all just here-say. The Dane County (Wis.) DAs office said Monday that there are no charges against Kane. According to the Madison police department, a sergeant did have contact with Kane, but whatever his behavior was it did not rise to the level of an arrest.

As for the Blackhawks, all has been quiet. Requests to talk to Kane have been quelled thus far. Same goes for any team statements regarding the matter. Rest assured, you can be certain some team officials have followed up with him about the weekend.

Eventually, someone will have to talk about it. It will hang like a cloud over the team and, more specifically Kane, until he does. Kane was very quiet during the season, his focus seemingly on hockey and trying to adjust to the center position. But even if all Kane did was drink that weekend in Wisconsin, he at least needs to stop drawing attention to himself. Eyes and video cameras are on him constantly. And wearing a T-shirt with your past dalliances on your back just begs for attention.

Players vacationpartylet loose in the offseason. They always have. In the good-old days things were swept under the rug or flat-out ignored. But this is a different time. There is no such thing as off limits, and thats especially true when the subject puts himself out there so visibly.

So far, the incidents havent cost him. His latest behavior has led to team silence and likely some headaches, but no charges. On the ice Kane had a solid season, adjusting to the center position well and putting up decent numbers in the process. But what happens when the off-ice bad starts outweighing the on-ice good?

Kane has had a lot thrust on him at a young age, but hes hardly the only one in todays NHL. The leagues superstars have pressures coming from all sides and at all times. Handling it all the right way is the key. Kane needs to learn how to do that soon.
If he doesnt, it could cost him a lot more than a hazy weekend.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

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It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.