Patrick Kane surprises youth team with new locker room

Patrick Kane surprises youth team with new locker room
August 4, 2014, 8:30 pm
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It's been nearly two weeks since Patrick Kane showed up to play in a men's league game in Buffalo where he, well, pretty much destroyed the competition.

We'd assume his appearance was a bit of a shock for the opposing team — especially for the goaltender, we couldn't help but feel a little sorry for him — as Kane contributed five goals and five assists in his temporary team's 13-5 win.

But Kane's offseason surprises didn't stop there.

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The Blackhawks winger teamed up with Gatorade and was back at it again on Monday to give some young kids the surprise of a lifetime.

"I was actually nervous," Kane joked at Southwest Ice Arena. "I was like, 'What if I walk in and they don't even know who I am?' But when I did walk in, they were pretty excited and probably in shock."

And there was a lot for those young hockey players to be excited about.

Along with that visit from Kane came a newly-rehabbed locker room; one that hadn't been updated in the last 40 years.

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"I think the main thing for me is to come back and see the kids' faces and see how excited they are," Kane said. "So it's a special day for me just to come back and try to help give back any way I can to the kids.

"(The locker room) is a huge part of being a pro athlete. A lot of time and effort goes into the locker room that a lot of people don't really understand. There's recovering after games, or getting to know one another as teammates or getting prepped before a game — things like that. To have something like this that's a pro-caliber locker room for the kids, I think is exciting for them."

But all the fun wasn't just limited to the Crestwood hockey team. The figure skaters got some enjoyment out of Kane's visit as well.

"When I walked by I heard a few screams," Kane said, laughing. "So that was exciting for me too."