CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane stepped to the podium on Friday afternoon and knew he would face questions about an incident from earlier this spring.
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The 23-year old forward for the Chicago Blackhawks hadn't yet spoken publicly about an offseason incident in Wisconsin that resulted in a series of unflattering photographs and stories circulating across the Internet about his partying there on May 5.
"We all saw the photos. They were pretty embarrassing," Kane said. "And that's probably the biggest thing. Nothing illegal ever happened and I guess it was the offseason and you're trying to have a good time, but you've got to realize the spotlight you're in no matter where you are. For me, the situation I'm in now, you've always got to act like someone's watching you no matter what you do and it's going to be put out there on the Internet or news blogs. That's the standpoint I'm taking."
Kane, who's attending the team's annual fan convention at the Chicago Hilton this weekend, said he's planning to use it as another teaching lesson while trying to improve his reputation.
"Hopefully it's something I can learn and mature from," Kane said. "So far in my maturation process, it's something I'm still trying to get better at. The biggest thing is it was embarrassing and that's from deep down inside of me, from myself and my family to everyone that supported me."
This wasn't the first off-ice incident in Kane's five-year career. He was arrested in his hometown of Buffalo in 2009 for an altercation with a cab driver.
Friday, Kane again owned up to his actions and apologized.
"It's not who I want to be," Kane said. "I want to be somebody who can be a role model to kids and to everyone, for that matter. It's something I'm looking to put behind me and I'm trying to move forward and be the best person and player I can be."
He is hopeful he can do so in Chicago. The latest off-ice incident brought a new round of trade rumors.
"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't (concerned about it), but at the same time I think that comes with being part of the Chicago Blackhawks and how we have it here," Kane said. "There are a lot of things presented here that you don't have in a lot of other organizations. I think that's another scary thing is to hear (about) moves and deals. You want to be part of this franchise and bring it the ultimate goal."