Vancouver Cabbies receive warning about Patrick Kane’s Arrival

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You knew this was coming. The Chicago Blackhawks‘ Patrick Kane inspired stories that made the sports blog rounds twice within the past year. The first time was in August when he drunkenly assaulted a cab driver over 20 cents, the second occurred in January when he appeared shirtless in a limo with very mediocre looking women during the Hawks visit to Vancouver. So you knew a return to B.C. for the playoffs would elicit something along the satirical lines, right?

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Patrick Kane’s Video Game Released Today

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By Paul M. Banks
Following an off-season that even the most optimistic person would describe as excruciatingly disastrous, Patrick Kane has something extremely positive to look forward to. The EA Sports video game NHL 10, with the Chicago Blackhawks right wing on the cover, hits North American retail stores Tuesday, September 15th.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Kane is just the second American-born player to be featured on the cover of the top-selling EA Sports hockey videogame franchise. New York Rangers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck was the first when he was featured on the cover of NHL 97. Kane is the youngest player ever chosen for the cover of the NHL franchise and his image will front all packaging related to NHL 10. The physical image of Kane remains on the product, despite the public image of Kane suffering a huge black eye last month. You’ll remember on August 9, Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested in Buffalo for allegedly assaulting a taxicab driver.

They were eventually cleared of any felony charges, but indictments on less severe misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges still loomed overhead. On August 27, the Kanes pleaded guilty to non-criminal disorderly conduct charges, and the court ordered them to issue an apology to the driver. So essentially, the storm has passed from a legal perspective.

The Redwood City, California tech firm Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) did not issue any further statement on the release date in regards to their cover choice. But they did explain their rationale when going public with the decision on June 22nd.

“At EA Sports we believe in identifying the most talented up-and-coming athletes in the world to help us develop the most authentic sports games,” said Jordan Edelstein, Vice-President of Marketing for EA Sports. “We believe Kane is one of the next great American hockey stars.” So it appears Kane has recovered nicely from “being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” as his endorsements (and legal freedoms) remain in tact. Box art and screenshots of Patrick Kane are available here

Returning to on-ice news, Kane began training camp on Sunday, skating with Team A (Red) at the Hawks’ pre-season camp.  The team is divided into three squads: A (Red), B (Black), and C (White).

Patrick Kane Addressing Allegations

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By Paul M. Banks

On Monday morning, August 17th, Patrick Kane made his first public statement regarding the incident in Buffalo and the allegations against him. He opened the Team USA Men’s Hockey Orientation Camp by addressing the media gathered to cover the event.

Here’s what he said in his statement to the media

“Because I’ve put myself in the wrong place at the wrong time, I’ve caused a lot of pain for my family, the city, the organization the fans…and for that I’m sorry”.

Kane also said that he couldn’t make any comment on the legal proceedings. For obvious reasons. His time at the podium was extremely brief and the Team USA officials here said that Kane would not be able to take questions relating to his ongoing legal proceedings during his media availability time here at the camp.

He will be available to the media today and tomorrow, but will not answer any questions relating to what happened in Buffalo.

Patrick Kane to Address Media Monday Morning!

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By Paul M. Banks

For the first time since his arrest a week ago, Chicago Blackhawks star right wing, and alleged co-perpetrator of assault Patrick Kane will address the media regarding the “incident” in Buffalo. The 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Orientation Camp next week at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois commences Monday morning. Kane is obviously a member of that team, and since there will be a ton of media present…Here’s what the official statement from Team USA reads


“Patrick Kane will make a statement to begin the press conference we have scheduled for Monday at 9:15 a.m. in the media workroom. This will be the only time during the camp that Patrick will address the on-going legal proceedings he is part of in Buffalo.”

It doesn’t say whether Patrick will take questions or not. I’m guessing he won’t. I’m also making a very safe prediction here: his prepared statement will sound like it was poured over by numerous lawyers, image-consultants, public relations professionals etc….So it should be interesting to hear what he has to say. I’ll be there and hopefully tweeting from it. And I’m going to try and do a live post here at The Sports Bank, based on my tweets which you can follow here. This story has certainly created a firestorm on the blogs, and will probably continue generating even more headlines and web traffic as it develops further.

Oh and after the Kane statement, the Director of Team USA Hockey will give an introduction/synopsis of the camp, and they’ll unveil all three versions of their new 2010 Olympic jerseys shortly thereafter.

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What??!! Patrick Kane, Seriously?

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By Paul M. Banks

There’s some stupid 1980s power ballad, with a title I can’t recall by a band I can’t remember, but it’s poignant lyrics describe Patrick Kane today. “I just couldn’t believe it, when I heard the news today.” Obviously, I’m referring to Kane’s arrest at 5 A.M. in Buffalo, N.Y. on felony charges.  Officially, the 20-year old baby face of the Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise and his cousin, James Kane, were charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft of services, both Class A misdemeanors.
In the main party area of Buffalo Saturday night, a cab driver claims Kane and his cousin grabbed him by the throat and punched him in the face due to a disagreement over CAB FARE! But wait it gets worse.

On a $13.80 fare, the Kanes gave the driver $15, and took issue with his keeping $1.20, instead of the $1.00 amount they preferred as a tip! Seriously, 20 freakin cents! I’m sure whoever coined the phrase “money is the root of all evil,” never anticipated that a man with a multi-million dollar contract and an infinitely more valuable and marketable public image, would damage it over a measly .20.

Remember, this is the same guy who appeared in his “One Goal” advertisement with a small child. That spot subtly promoted Kaner’s youthful look as a symbol of his perceived wholesomeness. Today, he looks about as wholesome as Bob Probert. So for Kaner, his agent, and his PR handlers, today was obviously catastrophic. But let’s run damage control for the other parties involved.

The Blackhawks-

This off-season has had more bad news than a Fox News Channel program about a Democrat. First came the mailing of the free agent contract offers, which were mishandled worse than an everyday errand on a “Curb Your Enthusiasm episode. Then the “reassignment” of former general manager Dale Tallon, a fan favorite. The new GM Stan Bowman housed Patrick Kane in the basement of his home during his rookie season, so it will be interesting to hear what Bowman has to say when it comes time for the organization’s official statement. And of course, the decision not to publicly reveal new Hawk Marian Hossa’s shoulder injury, when they signed him to a monstrous 12 year contract, the richest in Hawks history.

Hiding the Hossa injury pretty much validated the fears of Hawks fans who believed the team could become “Cubified” once they brought in former Chicago Cubs V.P. John McDonough (and with him his front office cohort Jay Blunk). Let’s take a look at the Cubification checklist

-Brilliantly marketed to become the hottest ticket in town. Check

-Created a huge following among sports die-hards and non-sports fans alike. Check

-Not disclosing accurate player injury information (Mark Prior, Kerry Wood etc.) Checkmate!

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We’ve all heard about the Madden Curse, but what about NHL ’10? The video game is set to hit stores next month with Kaner on the cover. I imagine Electronic Arts will have some colorful board meetings Monday morning

Team USA-

On the 17th, I’ll be at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Darien, IL to cover the orientation camp for Team USA Hockey. The entire American team will be there, including Kane. I have a feeling more than one reporter will ask Kane a question or two about the incident.