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Patrick Kane Arrested

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, the top overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, was arrested early Sunday morning in Buffalo, N.Y., and charged with robbery and other counts following an altercation with a cab driver in his hometown.

The 20-year-old Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, 21, were taken into police custody at about 5 a.m. ET after allegedly punching the driver and taking $15 in fare they had given him after he said he didn't have 20 cents in change, a police report says. Police say the cousins apparently caught a cab from the city's downtown nightclub district at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Tom Szczerbowski/US PresswireBlackhawks forward Patrick Kane, the NHL's top rookie in 2008, was charged Sunday with robbery and other counts after an incident with a cab driver in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says the cab driver suffered cuts to his face and his glasses were damaged after being struck in the face and head. Both Kanes were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief.

WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported that an attorney for Kane has entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf in a city court. Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony. The fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft-of-services charges are both Class A misdemeanors.

A message left by The Associated Press at the home of Kane's parents was not immediately returned Sunday afternoon. Relatives who answered his grandfather's phone and his mother's cell phone declined to comment and could not say whether either Kane had an attorney.

Kane's agent, Pat Brisson, declined to comment.

The Blackhawks are aware of the allegations against Kane, spokesman Brandon Faber said.

"He is a big part of our organization and a team leader and we stand behind him," Faber said. "As we are still collecting all the facts, it would be premature to comment further at this time."

Kane's arrest came only days after he took part in a ceremony announcing the funding of an ice rink in his native Buffalo, according to the Buffalo News.

On Thursday, Kane joined Mayor Byron W. Brown at Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink in South Buffalo.

"Today is special for me," Kane said at the ceremony, according to the News. "This is where I grew up playing hockey. This is the first rink I probably skated in when I was 6 years old."

Brown referred to Kane and fellow NHL star and Buffalo native Tim Kennedy as "hometown heroes," the report said.

"I'll tell you one thing: It's a lot of fun playing in the NHL and playing on the ice and playoffs and certain things, and being part of an Original Six organization with the Blackhawks," Kane told a crowd during the event. "But to come back home and drive in the driveway for the first time for summer, and realize that you have a long time to hang out back home in Buffalo [is a great feeling].

"The best thing about it is my friends treat me like I'm a regular kid. They don't treat me like a celebrity or whatever they might treat me like in Chicago."

Kane has played his first two NHL seasons with the Blackhawks and had 46 goals and 96 assists. He won the Calder Trophy, given to the league's best rookie, in 2008.

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August 10, 2009
A memory of Blackhawks' Kane and a cab driver

The Sunday morning arrest of Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane for allegedly attacking and robbing a Buffalo cab driver brought back a memory I have of another encounter between Kane and a cab driver.

First, a brief recap of what we know about Sunday's incident: Kane, 20, and his cousin, James Kane, 21, were arrested and face several charges, including robbery, after an altercation with a cab driver over a fare. The driver, Jan Radecki, said the Kanes attacked him after he couldn't produce 20 cents of the change from a $13.80 fare after they paid him $15. Radecki alleges the Kanes beat him and took their money back. Reports today indicate the situation might have escalated after Radecki refused to unlock the doors of the cab until he had been paid. That's a common practice with some drivers to ensure passengers don't run off without paying.

I'm getting a number of e-mails and seeing a lot of comments from people who are saying Kane, who makes millions of dollars playing hockey, shouldn't have been so cheap and that as a professional athlete he doesn't respect the working man.

Now, back to that memory I mentioned.

During Kane's rookie season in 2007, the then 18-year-old was with his Hawks teammates in Detroit for a game against the Red Wings. I was staying in the same hotel as the team and a few hours before game time jumped into a cab and asked the driver to take me to Joe Louis Arena. After hearing my destination, the driver told me he'd just had a Hawks player in the cab and mentioned what a great guy the player was and that he had given the driver $50 for a $10 cab ride.

He then showed me the autograph the player had given him and it read: "Show me the money! (signed) Patrick Kane"

Irony aside, this certainly doesn't absolve Kane of any wrong-doing in Sunday's incident, but in my mind should help put to rest the notion that the altercation was because Kane, who as a rookie wasn't yet making millions of dollars but still gave the driver in Detroit a $40 tip, was too cheap to pay Radecki or tip him or that Kane disrespects working men and women such as cab drivers.

Obviously, either Kane's attitude toward cab drivers has changed, or something else happened on that street in the wee hours in Buffalo and until Kane speaks publicly about it (he hasn't returned several messages I've left) we won't know his side of things.
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There was an interview with the cabbie this morning and for a guy that was choked and punched he had no bruises what-so-ever.

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Chicago at Buffalo on right now (Comcast Sports Network) - wonder if anything "interesting" will happen on the ice tonight.

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