Kane Chronicles: The “Miley Cyrus of Hockey” ?

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Paul Banks

It’s been an exciting first few weeks for South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and his Chicago Blackhawks’ teammates. Chicago is off to a decent start, currently third in the Western Conference with 11 points and a 5-3-1 record. Kane has been a huge factor towards achieving that success, leading the team in shots on goal with 32. Chicago itself is second in the NHL in shots. And like Wayne Gretzky famously said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Kane is also second on the team in assists (5) and points (8).

There’s been quite a few Kane/Hawks stories flying around the world wide web during this October, here’s some of the best.

-Huet Lewis and the News

The major buzz surrounding the Blackhawks this week didn’t concern their stand-out offense, or their understated, but solid defense. Instead the focus has been on the goaltending, or lack their off. You can pretty much make Cristobal Huet’s new first name “embattled” or at least add the adjective to the beginning of his name, as the local press is blaming him for the Hawks being in third and not in first.

And with his nearly $5.625 million per season salary, yet extremely low .844 save percentage it’s hard to argue against the consensus of the mainstream media.

Huet himself is not arguing against that consensus, he was quoted in this article by the Sun-Times’ Steve Tucker.

”I can blame only myself,” Huet said Saturday night following a 4-3 defeat to the Dallas Stars. ”Right now, I feel like I let the team down. I have to see this as just a bump in the road. There were times I really looked bad tonight. I didn’t have it.”

-The following game, Huet was replaced by backup Antti Niemi, who put up slightly better numbers, including a .903 save percentage, but still lost to Vancouver 3-2. It was the first meeting of the two teams since Kane’s most famous professional contest. Kane recorded his first career hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks on May 11, 2009.

The Blackhawks won the game 7-5, and clinched their spot to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 1995. After the game, Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was “fired up” after Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell claimed that Kane “couldn’t play five-on-five.” Although Kane was one of the few people to solve Vanacouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, in that game, he failed to enter the red light district in Wednesday’s game.

-Patrick Kane Quote of the Week

This week it comes from the Daily Herald’s Melissa Jenco in her piece about the Hawks’ recent public appearance at Yorktown Center, a west suburban shopping mall.
Kane said his penchant for attracting teen girls has earned him the title “the Miley Cyrus of hockey” from his teammates but he enjoys interacting with fans.

“It goes along way,” he said. “You can do a lot of things like show your personality to them which they don’t see all the time. They just see you on the ice.”

Perhaps the runner-up QOTW goes to 18-year old Chicagoland native Lindsey Brooks who, in the same piece described “the Miley Cyrus of hockey” with “He’s cute and he’s a good player… but he’s really cute.”

-Sex and the Second City

Speaking of Kane’s “sex appeal,” the star forward was named (along with the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and Chicago Bears’ Brian Urlacher) to the Victoria’s Secret” “What’s Sexy Now Chicago Athlete” team. The publicity stunt was held to help promote the new Victoria’s Secret store in downtown Chicago. It’s not quite the NHL All-Star team, but then again nominations to play in the midwinter classic never come from ridiculously hot supermodel Marissa Miller. For the full list of nominees and voting, log onto VSChicago.com

(Paul Banks is a Chicago-based writer for Buffalo Sports Daily who’s been assigned the specific task of covering Buffalo native Patrick Kane.  We’re calling the series the  “Kane Chronicles” . Banks also is involved with an excellent Chicago sports website called The Sports Bank.  Be sure to check it out)

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