Patrick Kane sends second graders a thank you from Sochi

Patrick Kane sends second graders a thank you from Sochi
February 19, 2014, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

One group of second graders has even more reason to be rooting for Patrick Kane and Team U.S.A. as the quest for gold in Sochi marches on.

Kane responded to a good-luck tweet from a second-grade class at a Lake In The Hills elementary school with a video thank you message and a mountain of gift bags filled with souvenirs from Sochi.

"I just want to say thank you to the second graders in Mrs. Gibbs' class," Kane said in his video message, recorded in Sochi. "Thank you for cheering me on here in Sochi, Russia. I appreciate the message, and hopefully we can bring back the gold."

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The gift bags contained Sochi 2014 jackets for all the students, as well as toys of the Games' official mascot and, the headlining item, autographed hockey sticks from Kane.

Kane got a little help assembling the gift bags from McDonald's, and the second graders received McDonald's gift cards in addition to their Olympics souvenirs.

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