Fresh Brew: Kane Returns

And is sporting a stitch mustache.

After (probably) suffering some really awful jet lag, Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks’ resident little shit, returned to practice with the rest of the team earlier today.

“Before I came back I played eight games in 10 days or something like that — at one point it was five in five nights,” Kane said Thursday after an informal practice with teammates at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago.

“It was really good for my conditioning and skating. You’re playing on bigger ice (so) obviously the game is going to be a little bit different over here, but for all of us there will be a little adjustment period. I’m happy I did it and hopefully it helps me during the season.” (Chicago Tribune)

To see what else Kane had to say, check out the videos at the end of the article. One thing not covered was why exactly he has the stitches on his lip. Fortunately, the Chicago Tribune has that covered, as well:

The 24-year-old is already in midseason form stitches-wise with five on the outside of his lip and two inside after taking an elbow that caused his visor to cut him.

“It was pretty painful,” Kane said. “I was kind of nervous about the doctors out there how they were going to do the stitching on my face but I checked in (Chicago) and they said they did a good job.”

Duncan Keith also returned in front of the cameras to talk about the season.

“Every year, the start’s important,” Keith said. “Now that it’s a short season, it’s going to be even that much more important to get off to a good start and make sure we’re on the same page right away. The teams that come out and play the best team game right away are going to be the ones that are tough to beat.” (Chicago Sun-Times – registration req’d)

In United Center news, the wi-fi inside the building is getting a drastic upgrade, which is good! Maybe it can go from “kind of terrible” to “alright” this year. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Jim Cornelison is a patriot on and off the ice. (DNAinfo.com Chicago)

In prospects news, the Saginaw Spirit named Garret Ross captain. This is the second season in a row that a Blackhawks prospect has been named Spirit captain. Current Rockford IceHogs player Brandon Saad was captain last year. (MLive.com)

Kane on European experience

Kane on shortened season

Kane on teammates’ conditioning

Kane on “Coach Toews” (Toews ran the team’s practice today and throughout the lockout)

Keith: Blackhawks need good start

Keith on staying in shape during the lockout

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