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Finally Kane speaks

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More than a week after his arrest in Buffalo for an incident with a cabdriver Hawks' winger Patrick Kane will make a public comment. It'll come on Monday at the start of the three-day U.S. Olympic Orientation camp at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge. Don't expect it to amount to much, though, because Kane's legal proceedings are ongoing. His case was heard by a grand jury on Thursday, and that panel is expected to report its findings later this week.
Kane is one of 34 players invited to the camp in preparation for next year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The camp will last three days and the public can watch on the first two days. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. on both days.

Hard to fathom

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Patrick Kane arrested in an incident involving a $15 cabfare? C'MON!!!!!
I met Kane on the day the Hawks drafted him, in June of 2007 and have been around him on an almost daily basis through two hockey seasons. During that time he's been nothing but a gentleman, an up-front guy who would take interview requests in good times and bad when many of his older teammates wouldn't. In short, he's seemed like just a good kid. I've met his parents, and they're very nice people as well. While the incident in Buffalo is intriguing, I tend to agree with the cabdriver's lawyer -- it's getting blow out of proportion.

Roenick, Wolves updates

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Jeremy Roenick, who started his solid NHL career with the Blackhawks, will announce his retirement on Thursday. The San Jose Sharks, Roenick's team the past two seasons, have called a press conference with Roenick the focal point.
Roenick, 39, scored 513 goals -- the third American to crack 500 in the NHL -- and added 703 assists in 1,363 games. He also had 53 goals and 69 assists in 169 playoff games. After becoming an immediate hit with the Hawks Roenick went on to play for Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Jose.
The Wolves are also planning a major press conference on Thursday. The American Hockey League club will name a successor to general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who was named assistant GM of the Hawks.

A great move

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Just a few years ago the major league Blackhawks actually considered the minor league Wolves a rival and -- in truth -- the Wolves did a lot of things better than the Blackhawks did. The hiring of Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Wolves' general manager the past 12 seasons, is the final example needed to show the Hawks have gotten beyond that dismal period in their history. Cheveldayoff has been a great GM; the Wolves' record during his tenure underscores that. He's an excellent addition to the Hawks' hierarchy.

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