CHICAGO, IL (AP) - South Buffalo native and Chicago Blackhawk Pat Kane spoke publicly for the first time on Friday about embarrassing Internet photos that showed him partying during a weekend in Madison, Wis., in early May.
Until a session before the opening of the Blackhawks' fan convention on Friday, Kane hadn't spoken to the media since the story broke.
"It was embarrassing," Kane said "That's the first thing I can say. From all the pictures that came out, everything, from the Hawks organization, to my family, to myself personally, it's embarrassing.
"Hopefully it's something I can learn and mature from. It's still part of my maturation process and something I'm still trying to get better at."
Kane said he realizes that his public off-ice activities are apt to end up in the spotlight and online. So he plans to be more cautious in the future.
"I've got to realize who I am as a person and remember where I am," he said. "I've got to recognize who I am in certain situations."
When asked if he had a drinking problem, Kane said, "I don't think so.
A lot of rumors are being made about those stories and different things like that," he added. "But it's something I've put behind me and I don't want to put myself in that position again."
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