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VIDEO: Patrick Kane reflects on challenging times, gets emotional

By Brian Stubits | Hockey writer

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What a difference a year makes. It's an old saying, but one that Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can attest to.

The young star has had his share of off-ice troubles in his thus-far brief career, from run-ins with cabbies to weekends of debauchery in Madison, Wisconsin such as the one he had last summer. But this past season had little in the way of distractions and Kane's game was at its peak as he helped lead the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy along the way.

Kane was even a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the NHL's most gentlemanly. It earned snickers from a few fans who could only imagine Kane with a beer in one hand and his stick in the other.

Really, though, Kane has worked on changing and gets emotional talking about it now, as he did with CSN Chicago, mentioning the support he received from the Blackhawks and how "it was tough to kind of let [my family] down,"

Other than having some fun after the Blackhawks won the cup -- as did everybody else on the Blackhawks -- it's all been pretty quiet for Kane, including his time in Switzerland during the lockout where his mother stayed with him. He took a lot of criticism and credit to him, has worked to right whatever wrongs he had made.

 
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