Patrick Kane will not be in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes since he will be traveling back to Buffalo to attend the funeral for his grandfather, according to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.
Kane's grandfather passed away on Monday night just before the Blackhawks' game against the Los Angeles Kings. Kane went on to score a pair of goals and dedicated the game to his grandfather after he gave an emotional post-game interview talking about his relationship with his grandfather and how close the two were when Kane was growing up.
"He was one of my great friends growing up. It’s just a really sad day," Kane said. "It was important to get the win. But anytime you get someone taken away from you who’s so close to you, it means so much. It was tough to hear that right before the game."
Kane, who will also be representing the United States in the 2014 Olympics, is currently fourth in the NHL with 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) for a Blackhawks team that has the second-best record in the NHL.