"It's really good to have that support behind you -- not only from teammates, but staff from the organization. Dale Tallon and people that were in the (Chicago) organization before, (Denis) Savard; a lot of guys seem to have my back and are supporting me. It's really nice." -- Patrick Kane
-- There was a semblance of normalcy for Patrick Kane
during the second day of the 2009 United States Olympic Men's Orientation Camp.
Kane was in good spirits when chatting with the media prior to practice Tuesday. There were no inquires regarding his Aug. 9 arrest in an alleged assault against a cab driver in Buffalo, N.Y.
That was by design. Kane can't comment with legal proceedings pending. A grand jury is expected to decide this week whether Kane should face criminal charges.
St. Louis Blues
forward David Backes
, who has roomed with Kane during the three-day camp, said Kane has handled the situation as well as possible.
"He's a pretty quiet guy and likes to keep to himself, but I've also tried to get him talking and get a little ammunition for when we play against each other during the season," Backes told NHL.com. "Like I said, we're trying to grow together as a team and he's a very kind-hearted guy. This entire team has really grown together the last two days and we're hoping that continues."
Kane is glad he has the support of all his teammates and coaches.
"It's really good to have that support behind you -- not only from teammates, but staff from the organization," Kane said. "Dale Tallon
and people that were in the (Chicago) organization before, (Denis) Savard; a lot of guys seem to have my back and are supporting me. It's really nice."
"He's one of the kindest guys you'll ever want to meet and, obviously, we all have our flair-ups," Backes said. "He's young and has gone through a lot and he's going to be a staple for the U.S. Olympic team the next few years. He's a superstar athlete and he'll learn from all his experiences -- it's a bump in the road but I think he'd just like to put this behind him and move on."
Kane has received countless emails and text messages all week.
"On the first day (of his arrest), I wasn't picking up many calls but 'Tazer' (Jonathan Toews
) called me and a lot of different guys from the team sent text messages," Kane said. "That was probably a good way to get it across."
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