OTTAWA, Ontario Patrick Kane was struggling to come up with a strategy for the breakaway challenge, to which he was named just before he talked to the media on Friday night. He even took to Twitter to ask followers for suggestions.
Im going to have to put some things together, Kane said. Hopefully Ill put on a show.
Whether he figures it out or gets some good ideas from his 90,000-plus tweeps, chances are Kane will put on that show.
Kane will participate in three events and fellow Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will go in the NHL All-Star Skills competition on Saturday night. Kane is also in the skills challenge relay (for passing accuracy) and the elimination shootout). Hossa will be in the fastest skater and accuracy shooting challenges.
The Blackhawks plan to have fun with it all.
Ill try to do my best and hopefully I dont pull anything, Hossa said with a laugh. Ill try to warm up pretty good.
For Kane, Saturdays skills competition is just about as fun as the game itself. Its a chance to be creative, throw in some trickery and ad-lib on the ice, if you will.
When I was a kid I always wanted (the players) to do something fancy, Kane said. Its a good event to try to get fans out of their seats. I think Im going to put more show into it and do some cool things.
Kane will probably pull something out of the bag of tricks for his events. Perhaps that shootout move against the Minnesota Wild that became a highlight-reel favorite?
Maybe well see that one, Kane said. Hopefully the fans like what I do. Its definitely a nerve-wracking event, probably the most. Id love to win it.