Should Patrick Kane Be Playing In A Buffalo Men’s League Game?

By Sean Fitzgerald

May 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After finishing up the Blackhawks convention, Patrick Kane returned home to Buffalo. After returning home Kane decided to skate with Piranhas Hockey Club. The Piranhas Hockey club plays in the Performax Hockey League, essentially a beer league.

Kane did what any NHL Conn Symthe winner would do to beer league hockey players, he DOMINATED them. Kane had five goals and 5 assists for 10 points. “Showtime” is not a just a premium channel but also can be seen in local markets.

When Blackhawks fans read about this story, they might have mixed feelings. Here are three reasons I am OKAY with Kane playing in a “beer league”:

  • Kane is playing hockey: Kane was known as a party boy and was once very famous for his partying life style. Instead of partying and being drunk, Kane played hockey with a bunch of drunks.

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  • Buffalo Men’s league players WOULD NOT HURT Kane. With the Sabres being terrible, Kane is Buffalo’s favorite son. What beer league hockey player would try to hurt Kane in his home town? The answer is nobody hurt Kane. After consulting with some beer league players from Illinois, I was informed that no real hitting takes place in these leagues. Kane was perfectly safe on the ice.
  • The “love of the game clause”: Michael Jordan was king of Chicago and set a precedent when he had in his contract a clause that let him play basketball anytime and anywhere. Kane and Jonathan Toews are the new Chicago royalty. I have not seen Kane’s contract but I have a feeling that there is no clause in there saying he cannot play hockey against beer league guys.

My thoughts on the matter are simple; this was not a big deal. However I will pose the question to you:

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