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Comcast SportsNet To Debut New Monthly Interview Series With Chicago's Top Athletes And Executives

by Comcast SportsNet Chicago / Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago, IL (March 29, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with a new, monthly, one-on-one interview series entitled The Point After.

For the premiere airing of The Point After on Friday, April 2 at 9:00 PM (with a repeat airing on Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 PM), this new, half-hour program, hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan, will feature an exclusive interview with Chicago Blackhawks superstar and U.S. Olympian PATRICK KANE.

Among the topics Kaplan discusses with the 21-year-old Kane include the Buffalo, NY native’s moving away from home at an early age, his family, life off the ice, his love for Chicago and Blackhawks fans, the importance of his relationship with his teammates, how he was affected by the 2008 firing of his first NHL coach Denis Savard, along with the serious personality of team captain Jonathan Toews and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s newly-enhanced website,, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every The Point After guest interview online after it airs on Comcast SportsNet.

Note the following quotes from The Point After with Patrick Kane premiering this Friday, April 2 on Comcast SportsNet:

KANE on his popularity and being in the public eye:

“It's a situation that sometimes is unfortunate. I think right now with the technology, as big as the microscope is under me, and the athlete that you are, I think you got to be really careful about what you're doing and sometimes you're going to be in unfortunate situations, but at the same time, just smartening up and learning from the experience is something you should grow from as a person and when you look at these situations down the road, it's a blessing in disguise because it happened earlier in my life. It could've been worse maybe, you look at (those situations) and maybe it helps you grow up sooner rather than later.”

KANE on assimilating himself to the big city culture of Chicago:

“I think it's the best city in the NHL to be honest with you. From the fans, to the arena, to being in Chicago, it's just such a nice city...obviously, the pretty girls are good here too. That's the thing that I think we really enjoy and it's fun being a Blackhawk these days. When I first came here, it was very overwhelming, especially coming from a small city in Buffalo and you can hit a lot of traffic. Like you said, in the city…a big city, the downtown's huge, so once you get used to it though, it's a really good city and I've been enjoying it ever since I came here.”

KANE on signing his big contract extension with the Blackhawks last December:

“I think as a kid, and I'm sure anyone can say this, you probably don't think of it any other way, you think as a kid playing hockey, you always think 'yeah, I'm gonna play in the NHL and play for this team and be this good and break all these records,’ and for it to actually happen and actually sign a contract like that and be here for five more years with a team I think can do real well and win a lot of championships, it makes it even more exciting.

“I love the game, so I can honestly say I love the game more than doing anything else in my life. I think if you ask coaches, players, different people that are around me everyday, I think they can honestly say that I really love the game and love being out there competing and, whether it's practice or playing in a game, it's just really fun for me and I love going out there and trying to do my best and trying to show the world what I can do.”
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