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Kane Eager For Buffalo Homecoming

by Adam Kimelman / Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane just turned 19 and has yet to play a pro game there, but his name already is up in the HSBC Arena rafters.

Well, not in exactly the way you’re thinking.

“I signed the last piece of steel to go up in HSBC Arena,” said Kane, who got special access from his aunt, a local politician. “I’m not sure what I signed, probably just my name, but I think it’s next to (the banner for founding owner) Seymour Knox.”

Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks’ rookie sensation, will be back in his hometown of Buffalo Saturday for his first professional game at the arena he grew up about 10 minutes away from.

“Buffalo is pretty much where my life is,” Kane said. “It's where my family is. It's where my life started. It's where I started playing hockey. It's where I go back to in the summer and where all my friends are. It's going to be awesome. I'm not really sure what to expect right now, but I'm sure it will be a lot of fun for me.”

And if early season form holds, his personal cheering section certainly will have something to scream about.

Kane, the top overall pick in last summer’s draft, leads the Blackhawks (and all NHL rookies) with 21 assists and 28 points in 29 games. Powered by Kane and fellow rookie Jonathan Toews, Chicago is in the mix for its first playoff spot since the 2001-02 season.

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