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August 25, 2013

South Buffalo's Patrick Kane shares Stanley Cup moment with reservists at Niagara Falls airbase

Patrick Kane shares Stanley Cup with reservists at Niagara Falls airbase

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Some might say Kane’s military feelings are only on the surface, that he doesn’t really care. But Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, who grew up in the same South Buffalo neighborhood as Kane and played hockey with his father when they were young, said Kane’s genuinely interested.

Introducing the hockey superstar at the event in Niagara Falls, Higgins told a story of Kane and a recent charity event at Wrigley Field in Chicago for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured veterans in a crisis. He said the players were making the charity rounds and the time eventually came for them to leave.

Kane didn’t listen.

“They told Patrick he had to go,” Higgins said. “But he didn’t go. He stayed and listened to each of their stories. That’s the type of person Patrick Kane is.”

Saturday wasn’t Kane’s first rodeo with the cup. He and the Blackhawks previously won in 2010, and No. 88, his jersey number, took the cup on a wet trek through the Cave of the Winds at the Falls.

He said the first time was nice for pictures, but his time with the military, including receiving a “Coin of Excellence” from Col. John Higgins, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing and Congressman Higgins’ cousin, will go down as a different type of memory.

It served to kick off Kane’s other trips with the cup – with stops at a South Buffalo pizzeria and the West Seneca Town Rink after completing the airbase event – in a positive way, he said.

“(The Cave of the Winds) was definitely some cool photo ops,” Kane said. “But to give back any way you can, especially to the military, and receiving (the coin) is pretty amazing. It kinda hits home hard. I’m happy with the way the day’s turned out so far.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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