Breaking News Bar
updated: 2/12/2013 11:55 PM

Kane off to best career start without his trademark

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • The Hawks' Patrick Kane is pictured here during last season, when he wore a mouth guard. Since playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Kane no longer wears it.

      The Hawks' Patrick Kane is pictured here during last season, when he wore a mouth guard. Since playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Kane no longer wears it.
    File photo by Associated Press

 
 

It was his trademark, every bit as much as the No. 88 jersey he wears on his back.

You rarely saw a picture of Patrick Kane without him chewing on his mouth guard.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The Blackhawks even gave away Kane mouth guards last season as a promotion, just as they had a mouth guard dangling from the mouth of the Kane bobblehead doll they once gave to fans.

But it's gone now.

Kane stopped wearing the mouth piece when he went to play in Switzerland and has kept it out upon his return to the NHL. Kane is off to such a great start that he said he might not put one in his mouth all season.

"It was a tough decision, but it seems to be working out so let's keep it that way for a while," Kane said Tuesday. "For now I haven't been wearing it, but it could come back."

Kane doesn't believe it has anything to do with him being off to the best start of his career.

"Maybe I'm not thinking about it so much," he said. "Was I thinking about chewing on it instead of focusing on the game? I don't know."

Kane played for HC Biel during the lockout, and when he arrived in Switzerland realized he didn't have a mouth guard.

"They didn't have one for me when I got to Switzerland," Kane said. "I could have gone to the dentist and got one, but I forgot all about it. When I came back here, they had some for me to try, but it just kind of felt weird in my mouth."

Teammate Jonathan Toews has noticed something is different about his former linemate.

"I was kind of wondering about that," Toews said. "I don't know what changed his mind, but I did notice it though. That was part of his identity that he's letting go of, so I don't know what's going on there. He should probably just put it in his mouth and keep it there."

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here