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Raising Kane

You knew Patrick Kane was from Buffalo and grew up rooting for his hometown team, the Buffalo Sabres. But did you know he used to like to wear the opposing team's sweater when he went to the games?

Its just one tidbit about the Chicago Blackhawks forward that's included in a profile of Kane contained in a book from The Hockey News. The book, titled "Young Guns 2", examines the careers of the top young NHL stars, how they developed their skills while growing up and the stories behind their success.

As to the story about the opposing team's sweaters, Kane(whose family had Sabres season tickets) thought it would be funny to wear those jerseys to the games and according to his mom, he had just about every team.

It seems a bit crazy to me but maybe many of you hockey Dad's and Mom's can relate to another story in the book about how many teams Kane played on while growing up in Western New York. He talked about changing sweaters in the car as his dad drove him from one rink to another. At times Kane would forget what game he was going to and one year was actually on seven teams, counting summer hockey.

Already an owner of a Stanley Cup ring and an Olympic silver medal, the 23 year old has had quite a career to this point. But this season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Kane is 4th on the team in scoring with 39 points but has only 10 goals. If you saw the recent NHL 36 program on Kane, you'll know he was in a slump at the time they were following him and not much has changed. He has only 1 goal in the last 13 games and just 3 in the last 27 going back to before Thanksgiving. But he is scoring in the clutch because half of those 10 goals on the season are game winners and he leads Chicago in that category.

Kane was a guest with Schopp and the Bulldog on Tuesday's show and shared his thoughts on the Sabres problems in general and the struggles of Ryan Miller, a teammate of his in the 2010 Olympics. You will find the interview in the audio vault at

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