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Blackhawks clear Kane for ‘full participation’

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SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after he scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at HP Pavilion on February 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Chicago Blackhawks have cleared forward Patrick Kane for full participation. Kane, who missed the final 21 regular season games with a broken left clavicle, has not played since Feb. 24.

Here’s the official statement from Blackhawks physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Patrick Kane suffered a broken left clavicle on February 24, and underwent successful surgery to repair the fracture on February 25. Patrick has been working extremely diligently with his rehabilitation and has recently returned to full-contact practice without any difficulty. After discussions with Patrick and the team, and examining Patrick today, we collectively feel it is appropriate, with minimal risk, for him to return to full participation.”

Kane was a participant at Blackhawks practice Monday.

If he plays in Game 1 on Wednesday, it would be seven weeks since he was sidelined.

“I’ve done a lot to try to get myself, whether it’s healed as fast as possible or feeling good as fast as possible, whatever you want to call it,” Kane said following today’s practice. “I’ve done a lot of different things to try and make that happen.

“I’m pretty happy with the progress so far.”

The 26-year-old had 27 goals and 64 points in 61 games prior to being sidelined.

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