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Hand injury won’t keep Jets’ Kane from fighting: ‘It’s a good part of the game’

Winnipeg Jets v New Jersey Devils

skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 25, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Devils 3-1.

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The Winnipeg Jets probably aren’t keen to hear it, but Evander Kane will keep on fighting.

“Fighting is a part of the game,” Kane said, per the Winnipeg Free Press. “It’s a good part of the game. It’s a necessary part of the game. You have to have it to control the game.”

Kane has missed the last four games after suffering a deep hand cut in this fight with Tampa Bay’s Eric Brewer:

It was just his second fight of the year and ninth of his career -- “I don’t fight a lot,” Kane acknowledged -- but despite that limited fight card, Kane is skilled with his fists. His father, Perry, was an amateur boxer that named his son after former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, and the younger Kane did some boxing training while growing up.

All that boxing background was on display in 2010, when Kane landed a devastating one-punch KO on Matt Cooke:

Kane insisted that, moving forward, he will continue to fight if challenged -- even though he’s unsure when he’ll get back in the lineup.

“I’m not going to back down,” he said. “Let’s put it that way.”