-- Patrick Kane
isn't yet ready to turn the page on his wildly successful 2009-10 season. That, he said, is something he's saving for Sunday morning when he hands the Stanley Cup back and returns to his everyday life.
"It's been fun thinking about it and preparing for this (his Cup celebration), but after this it's basically get ready for next season and do the best to win this trophy again so you can have another summer like you had this summer," Kane said. "It's been a blast, a lot of fun, a lot of great times and memories, but it's only one year and you want to keep winning this."
At every turn Friday, Kane said, it seemed that a friend or a family member was reminding him to enjoy every moment because you never know if it's going to happen again. Kane understands what they mean.
"You hope it's not and you never know, but you want to keep having bringing it back to places like Buffalo or getting the chance to go on stage and sing a song with Jimmy Buffett and drink out of the Cup," he said. "Things like that, those are the perks of winning the Stanley Cup. And, it's not because you had a great regular season or had a good first two rounds, it's because you won the Stanley Cup."
Kane said he's already spent a few weeks preparing his body for the 2010-11 season. He's been working out with an old coach who taught him a lot of techniques when he was a kid. He said he has "felt really good," and is ready to get off to a good start to his fourth season in the NHL.
He has a history of getting off to fast starts. In 35 October games since making his NHL debut in 2007, Kane has scored 15 goals and dished out 25 assists for 40 points.
He has plans to start even faster when the Hawks open the season in less than two months.
"I know there is going to be a lot of responsibility on guys like myself next year, which is fine," Kane said. "I like it that way. I think it's good and I think you want that responsibility to do well. I will be ready for the season. I know what I have to do to be ready. I have a track record of having some good starts, so I want to continue that and continue it out through the whole season."
Kane is downplaying the Hawks losses this summer (at least 10 players from the Cup-winning roster are gone), and is instead is focusing on what the new guys can accomplish as well as what returning core players like himself, Jonathan Toews
, Duncan Keith
and Brent Seabrook
can do with another year behind them.
"You look at the team, the guys we lost, yeah there have been a lot of good guys, a lot of good buddies and a lot of good players, but now the biggest thing is for players to step up and fill those roles," Kane said. "At the same time you can better your game and bring it to the next level to try to become one of the elite players in the NHL. If you're already elite, then maybe you can even go to another level. You're looking forward to that next challenge. I'm really trying to take this year serious and do that."
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