Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said he isn't sure when he'll head to training camp after Team USA was eliminated at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
"I'm not really sure what the plan is yet," Kane said Thursday, according to CSN Chicago. "A lot of guys, at least the American guys anyway, have talked about taking a few days off and then joining their team. I'll go back to Chicago, talk to (general manager) Stan [Bowman] and (coach) Joel [Quenneville] and get a feel of what they want me to do and what's best for me."
Kane had two assists in three games, all Team USA losses, at the tournament in Toronto. Despite the disappointing showing, he's optimistic about the future of hockey in the United States.
"I think USA Hockey has a bright future ahead of it; not only USA Hockey but hockey in general," said Kane, the Hart Trophy winner as the NHL MVP last season. "You look at some of those younger guys; I know a few of them are American but there are some very good Canadian players as well. But you could argue that some of those guys on that team (Team North America) would have made our team, been in consideration for making the American team. USA Hockey's in a good place, the future's bright. Once we get by this, there'll be a lot of excitement and expectations to do better in the Olympics."
Kane's Blackhawks teammate, Jonathan Toews of Team Canada, said he hadn't spoken to Kane about Team USA's finish, which included a 4-2 loss to Team Canada on Tuesday.
"There's no doubt when we get back to Chicago, no matter what happens the rest of the tournament, we'll talk about it," Toews said. "But previous experience is not something you rub in anyone's face. Everyone wants to win and anything can happen. I think there's a lot of talk about the U.S. team falling short of their expectations, but at the same time, we said the same thing."