Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was greeted with loud cheers Friday in his first public appearance with the Stanley Cup champions since he became the subject of a sexual assault investigation.
Kane reported for the start of training camp at Notre Dame, and the All-Star forward got a warm reception when he joined "Team B" for the first of two scrimmages. There was another loud roar from the crowd of about 4,000 at Compton Family Ice Arena when he was recognized over the public address system for the secondary assist on the first goal.
"That's a pretty cool reaction, especially given the circumstances," Kane said. "I didn't really know what to expect, but you know, it's one of those things where you're going on the ice, you don't know what's going to happen and to hear that reaction from the crowd, definitely gave me chills."
Kane, the league's No. 1 overall pick in 2007, is accused of assaulting a woman in her 20s in August at his offseason home outside Buffalo, N.Y., a person familiar with the investigation has told the Associated Press. Police have not revealed details of the case. No charges have been filed, and Kane said he has done nothing wrong.
The New York Islanders signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky, 38, to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Zidlicky had seven goals and 27 assists in an NHL-high 84 regular-season games last season for New Jersey and Detroit. He was scoreless in six playoff games with the Red Wings. Zidlicky has 85 goals and 316 assists in 783 regular-season games in 11 seasons with Nashville, Minnesota, New Jersey and Detroit. He also has represented the Czech Republic in three Olympics and six world championships.
•Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang was late for the first day of the team's training camp and was subsequently returned to Niagara of the Ontario League, ending the 19-year-old's camp before it even began. Ho-Sang was the 28th pick of the 2014 NHL draft, a player regarded as a top-10 talent who slipped to late in the first round because of supposed attitude issues.
•Max Pacioretty was voted captain of the Montreal Canadiens by his teammates, becoming only the third American to take the role with the storied franchise. The 26-year-old former University of Michigan player joins Brian Gionta (2010-14) and Chris Chelios (co-captain with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-90) as the only U.S. captains.
•Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will miss the first two weeks of training camp because of an upper body injury.