Time erodes a lot of things, including people’s memories of specific events, but that didn’t stop former Blackhawks coach Denis Savard from telling Chicago fans a story last weekend about how Taylor Swift cost the Blackhawks a goal.
The way Savard remembers it, the story goes like this:
The Hawks and Predators were playing a game in Nashville on Valentine’s Day, 2008, when Patrick Kane allowed a defenseman to wheel past him unchecked, resulting in a goal by the Predators.
Kane skated to the bench and Savard yelled, “You must have been looking at those two blondes while the guy went by you.”
Kane, who had two assists in the 6-1 win, actually was not on the ice for the Predators’ only goal in that game, but admitted giving up a scoring chance on the play and acknowledged that, yes, he had noticed the two girls. He also admitted being late for the team bus because he was chatting with them after the game.
Savard, who was not happy with his 19-year-old rookie, heard a knock on his office door the next morning.
It was Kane.
'Y'know last night after the game ... you know who the two girls were?'” Kane said.
“I have no idea,” replied Savard.
“One of 'em was Taylor Swift,” Kane said.
Swift, who was 18 at the time, had burst onto the music scene two years earlier with her No. 1 hit “Our Song,” but that didn’t impress Savard.
"So I got no idea who she is either, by the way, even when he said Taylor Swift,” Savard told Hawks fans. “I get home, I ask my wife, I said, 'Hey honey, who's Taylor Swift?'"