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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane was skating on thin ice. Drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 by Chicago at the impressionable age of 18, the offensive wunderkind was in danger of throwing his promising career away.
His off-ice behavior had grown to such troubling levels it would have caused even Rob Gronkowski, a bon vivant and fellow native son of Buffalo, to balk at the mass consumption of alcohol. Worse yet, unflattering photos of Kane’s benders and boorish behavior in bars began surfacing on the Internet and social media.
“I think he’s always been a little bit misunderstood in some ways,’’ said teammate Duncan Keith. “Every guy likes to go out and have fun, especially when you’re a young guy. He’s no different.”