If you saw him on the street, you might think he was just an everyday kid. But Patrick Kane is a 22 year old professional hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks and the National Hockey League. Seems like only yesterday that the Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago, but now they’ll have to pry the trophy away from Boston, where the Bruins are currently the champs. And Kane insists he’ll be playing in the season opener, even though he has an injured wrist and still isn’t ready to get on the ice.
Kane’s wrist has been surgically repaired and he appears to show no signs of pain during each practice in which he participates, but this doesn’t mean he’s cleared for the opener. In fact, physicians are hesitant about letting him really practice from scrimmage like the rest of the team.
“I did a little stickhandling without the splint and it was a little bit stiff, but I felt fine out there. It was probably the best I felt. I was actually shooting a little more. I was begging the trainers to scrimmage, but I don’t think they’re going to let me.” And rightly so. The Blackhawks have another injury to consider with Rostislav Olesz, whose right leg is still in a brace, but he’s been permitted to join the scrimmage. “My right leg is not healthy like before… but I feel real comfortable on the ice. I have the brace and it feels good.”
The National Hockey League opens for business on October 7.
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