Some within the Chicago Blackhawks organization have reportedly asked Patrick Kane to seek help regarding his drinking habits, a source within the team told the Chicago Sun-Times. The 23-year-old right winger was photographed in several intoxicated poses at the Mifflin Street Block Party in Madison, WI, over Cinco de Mayo weekend. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman acknowledged the episode, and expressed his disappointment.
"We are aware of that situation," Bowman said. "We followed it closely. It was one of those things where we've discussed it with Patrick. We've handled that internally.
"We're obviously disappointed with how it played it out, and Patrick is aware of that fact. But at this point, it's a private matter. I think, out of respect for Patrick, we're not going to comment further. We're going to look forward and try to focus on things in improving our team leading into the summer."
Photographs from the weekend included one of Kane laying on the ground in the midst of empty beer cans, and another with his head down on the counter of a bar. Kane recorded a career-low 66 points during the 2011-12 season. He has a history of several other party antics throughout his five years in the league, which now may be catching up to him. According to the Blackhawks source:
"He's obviously got some issues," the source said. "How many more times can these things happen? It's a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window."
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