Kane made from solid stock


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WINNIPEG - Given his genetics, its no surprise Evander Kane became a professional athlete.

With a mother who was a professional volleyball player and a father who was an amateur boxer and hockey player, Kane came to his athletic endeavours naturally.

Right from when me and my (two) sisters were born, we were always in sports and doing things and they were the ones who taught us, Kane said during a moment of reflection on Friday after the Winnipeg Jets skated at MTS IcePlex. My dad is the one who taught me to play hockey and basically made me the player I am. It was good to be able to have those people around and have that family support and people who know what theyre talking about.

Kane remembers one particular piece of advice very clearly.

My dad always said, you dont have to be the smartest player but if you have a great shot and can skate Im not saying Im not smart but if you have a great shot and you can skate, or one or the other somebody is going to want you, he explained. Look at Brett Hull, not the best skater in the world, but nobody had a better shot.

Kane worked hard at both skating and shooting and hes never been afraid of having the puck on his stick when the game is on the line.

In terms of wanting the pressure and wanting to be counted on to score, Ive always wanted that, ever since I was a Pee Wee hockey player, he said. I like having the puck on my stick and I always feel comfortable when I have an opportunity to score because Im confident in myself.