With spotlight on, Kane starting to mature

OTTAWA -- A year ago at the All-Star Game, much sport was made of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane for missing his flight to Raleigh, N.C.

Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was happy to share his story of how he pounded on Kane’s door with no result. Teammate Patrick Sharp joked that this was what happens when he wasn’t around to babysit the star winger. Even Kane good-naturedly admitted his parents had been trying to reach him on the phone to make sure he was up for his flight, but he’d turned the ringer off and thrown his phone across the room in anger.

Fast-forward to this year’s event in Ottawa and there is ample evidence that the young man who has lived large during his short time in the NHL is growing up.

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