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Kane 'embarrassed' by off-ice actions, wants to be a role model

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Kane 'embarrassed' by off-ice actions, wants to be a role model

Patrick Kane saw all of the photos of his intoxicated Cinco de Mayo weekend, saw the stories that came out of them, true and not true. And on Friday, Kane finally addressed them.

He was embarrassed, he said, for himself, for his family and for the Chicago Blackhawks. He said thats who he doesnt want to be and that he wants to move forward.

Now he has to do just that.

Kane, speaking to the media for the first time since that Madison, Wis., weekend, said he realizes the mistakes hes made have hurt him and others around him, that the reputation is there and that he needs to handle himself better. Now.

It was embarrassing, thats the first thing I can say. All of the pics that came out, everything, disappointment from the Hawks organization to myself, Kane said as the Blackhawks kicked off their fifth-annual convention at the Hilton. I try to pride myself on being involved with the fans, taking pictures when asked for them, because I was that little kid once who looked up to stars. But its something hopefully I can learn and mature from. Thats not who I want to be. I want to be a role model to kids, to everyone for that matter. Im looking to put it behind me and try to move forward and be the best person I can be.

Kane has said these words before, because hes been in this situation before. Yes, he is just 23 years old and doing things a lot of other 23-year-olds would do. He did nothing illegal that May weekend. But, as Kane said, at the end of the season I was up for a weekend with my friends, and things probably got a little out of control.

The image I have now, I can only strive to get better, he said. The stories I have to put behind me; the same with the reputation. I love playing hockey. Its my favorite thing to do in this world. Thats what Im all about and thats probably what Ive thought too much about and the other things off the ice, not so much. You have to reinvent yourself. I know the person I am and who I can be.

When asked if he may have a problem with alcohol, Kane said he didnt. Kane has laid low ever since that weekend. He said hes spent his summer at home in Buffalo, hanging around with family and friends nice, quiet and peaceful.

Kanes made some bad off-ice choices in his young career. Every organization wants their players on their best behavior, and the Blackhawks are no exception to that. The lessons have been there for Kane. Its up to him to learn from them.

Whether its in Buffalo, Wisconsin or Chicago, I cant look at it as Im trying to have a good time or feel sorry for myself. I have to realize who I am and the spotlight Im in, he said. Thats what I have to do a little bit better is recognize who I am in those situations. Ive definitely gained that from experience. The people closest to me really know who I am and what Im about and what I want to bring to this world.

Its something I want to put behind me, Kane said. I dont want to put myself in that position again.

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

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Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.