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No charges filed against Patrick Kane

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By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Patrick Kane appears to have avoided any legal entanglements following his wild weekend in Wisconsin.

The actions of the Blackhawks' star winger in Madison, Wis. came to light following a Deadspin.com article that included pictures of an apparently intoxicated Kane at a Madison bar and detailed his activities during several Cinco De Mayo parties.

Kane was not charged with any crime as of Tuesday morning in connection with his activities during the weekend of May 5, according to the Dane County, Wis. District Attorney's office.

Joel DeSpain, the public information officer for the Madison Police Department, said one of its sergeants "had contact" with Kane on May 5, but that the actions of the Hawks' star did not warrant a citation or arrest.

The female sergeant, who was not aware of who the Hawks' star winger was, told Kane and another man to breakup an argument and sent both in opposite directions, DeSpain said.

DeSpain said his department is aware of the Deadspin article that included allegations the winger choked a woman at frat party early that day.

However, he said he was not aware of any complaints or any pending legal action against Kane.

It's not the first time Kane has been a target on Deadspin. The website also published a Feb. 2011 article accusing him of missing two days of practice with a hangover instead of the flu.

"I guess that's the kind of reputation I have around here where you're sick for two days and people think you're doing that stuff," Kane told reporters at the time. "I got a text from my buddy and you see that and your heart kind of drops, especially when you're sick. I think that web site makes up a lot of stuff."

Kane was arrested in August 2009 after he and his cousin allegedly punched a taxi driver while in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

Kane was cleared of any felonies in connection with the incident, but did plead guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct.

Kane had talked about focusing on preparing for next season and staying healthy when the Hawks cleaned out their lockers April 25 following their first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I'm healthy right now, I'm excited about that. I don't really want to risk that, especially going into next season," he said. "I saw the difference it can make - being healthy and not being healthy. [Last] summer I could hardly skate with my [injured] wrist. I was out there with a cast just skating around by myself. It was a little bit different and I don't think I was fully prepared for the season due to that. But I'm excited about being healthy for the summer and I want to stay that way."

Despite a career-low 66 points last season, Kane has led the Hawks in points since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 with 369 in 399 career games.

Jonathan Toews (324 points in 361 games) and Patrick Sharp (312 points in 371 games) are the closest in production during the same time span.

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