Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
Posted: 10:02 a.m. Updated: 12:46 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
DETROIT Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had been an All-Star alternate captain for just a few minutes when he realized he had a little more clout in his own locker room.
(Patrick) Sharp and (Jonathan) Toews said if I pick one before the other, the other will be ticked, so its a tough situation, Kane said. I guess I got a little power.
Kane was one of four players selected to be alternate captains for the NHL All-Star game in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30. Kane, along with Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis, will help captain Nicklas Lidstrom pick their squad on Jan. 28. Ryan Kesler of Vancouver and Mike Green of Washington are alternate captains to the team led by Carolinas Eric Staal.
Its a pretty cool honor. When you get a call like that it just makes you smile, said Kane, who could have some fun picking (or not picking) teammates Sharp, Toews and Duncan Keith. Its going to take you a little by surprise (being selected). The All-Star Game is more about fun, and maybe they were looking at it that way.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he noticed Kanes happiness at the announcement.
I saw earlier he had a little grin. Im sure he is (excited), Quenneville said. This is a whole new format, new way of thinking. It should be definitely interesting to watch.
This will be the second All-Star game for Kane, who said he wont let this recent power trip go to his head.
I probably wouldnt be telling guys like (Sidney) Crosby and (Alex) Ovechkin what to do on the ice. I think theyve got that figured out, he said. Im just going to have fun with it.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.