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Blackhawks forward Kane 'happy I'm playing hockey'

by Mike G. Morreale /

NEWARK, N.J. -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, who Thursday learned he would not face charges for an August incident at his house in Hamburg, N.Y., met with the media Friday following the Blackhawks morning skate at Prudential Center.

Chicago plays the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, MSG+).

"When you go through something like this you realize who your close friends are and your supporters, and the Blackhawks have been great to me," Kane said. "I appreciate all the support. It's meant a lot. The fans treat it like business as usual and I commend the coaches in keeping things as normal as possible.

"I'm happy I'm playing hockey and happy to be here [with the team]. Obviously to play another game [Friday] is a good feeling."

Kane is third in the NHL with 18 points and has at least one point in eight straight games.

"We're happy that's its official now, and that weight he's been carrying around for a long time is finally off his shoulders," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "He's done a good job of focusing on his team and doing his job of playing great hockey on the ice."

Erie County (N.Y.) District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a statement Thursday that the matter would not be presented to a grand jury.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday, "In light of the statement issued today by the Erie County District Attorney's Office, as an internal League matter, we intend to promptly review the information that may now be available to us. We will have no further comment until we have completed that review."


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