In more ways than one, Patrick Kane said he needs to cool it. He knows enough is enough, and he doesn't need anyone — not his parents or the Blackhawks — to tell him that. Fewer parties, fewer drinks and better decisions will mean fewer photographs, fewer embarrassing moments and fewer questions for him to answer about his maturity and focus. "We all saw the photos," Kane said. "They're pretty embarrassing." On the first day of the Hawks convention Friday, Kane made his first public comments about his party-filled (and photographed) trip to Madison, Wis., in May. He called the trip "embarrassing" several times. Kane, of course, has been through this before. He had an incident with a Buffalo cab driver a few years ago and a shirtless ride in a Vancouver limousine. Kane has garnered a reputation as a big-time partier and drinker in Chicago and Buffalo. Pictures of him face down at a bar or sprawled on the ground covered with beer cans, like he was in Madison, only fuel that image. "It was the end of the season, I was up for a good weekend with my friends and things probably got a little bit out of control," Kane said. Does Kane believe he has a drinking problem? "I don't think so," Kane said. "There's a lot of rumors that were made about those stories [in Madison] and different things like that. But it's something that I've put behind me and something [where] I don't really want to put myself in that position again. But, no, I don't think I do."
Patrick Kane embarrassed by trip to Madison, vows change
Chicago Sun-Times | Jul 21