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May 30, 2012 | 10:40am ET
Hawks concerned about Kane's extracurriculars
TheFourthPeriod.com

Blackhawks star sniper Patrick Kane seems to make almost as many headlines off the ice as he does on it, and all for the wrong reasons.

There have been several instances where Kane has made the news for a variety of non-hockey related activities, the majority of which revolved around partying.

Most recently, pictures of Kane hit the Internet from a party in Madison, Wis., in which he appeared intoxicated and was accused of some wrong doings.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Hawks organization is concerned about their star forward, and voiced those concerns yesterday during a conference call with reporters.

"We are aware of that situation," Bowman told the Sun-Times. "We followed it closely. It was one of those things where we've discussed it with Patrick. We've handled that internally.

"We're obviously disappointed with how it played it out, and Patrick is aware of that fact. But at this point, it's a private matter. I think, out of respect for Patrick, we're not going to comment further. We're going to look forward and try to focus on things in improving our team leading into the summer."

An unnamed source told the Sun-Times the Blackhawks have suggested that Kane seek some sort of help to prevent such matters from occurring.

"It's a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window," the source said.

The NHL offers a substance abuse program to its athletes, though it's unclear if Kane suffers from any alcohol- or substance-related issues, or if he's simply a young millionaire athlete who takes too many pictures.

Kane's name circulated throughout the rumor mill this past season, despite constant denials from Bowman that the team was entertaining the thought of trading him. These rumors could carry into the summer after this latest instance, and the Hawks might be inclined to consider a move.

The 23-year-old registered 23 goals and 43 assists for 66 points in all 82 games with the Blackhawks this season.

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