By now most of you have probably seen the video of Patrick Kane in tears over losing his first NHL coach, Denis Savard, when he was fired from the Chicago Blackhawks two weeks ago. If not, I highly recommend you check it out here:
The video, though not controversial, spawned comments across North America. Old traditionalists said Kane needed to grow “a thicker skin” if he wanted to survive in the league. Likewise, others interpreted his tears as a weakness that would be magnified once his beloved coach was gone.
To that, I say hogwash. You don’t earn the number one draft pick and a Calder Trophy, demonstrating the physical and mental fortitude to get through an eighty-game season, playing as a boy in a league of men. Folks, this is Patrick Kane. I’m wiling to bet he can cry every night and still score 70 plus points a season. So what’s the big deal? Let the boy show some emotion.
I’ll take it one step further. Let’s encourage some real sentiment! Instead of listening to the yawn-inducing, programmed media robots like Sidney Crosby blandly talking about “overcoming adversity” and “rising to the challenge,” let the guys talk about what pisses them off and make the occasional outrageous statement to the press. The NHL could use some harmless trash-talking — nothing like a good controversy to bring more fans to the sport.
Yes, the sport needs more Patrick Kanes: Talented guys who both play with emotion on the ice and wear their heart on their sleeve off of it.