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Remorseful Kane: "I take full responsibility"

Posted at 2:12 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 22:05:47-05

Twenty-four hours after being handed a one game benching on Monday, Sabres winger Evander Kane showed remorse for missing practice and letting the organization down.

Kane will miss Buffalo tilt against Ottawa on Tuesday night as a result.

"First and foremost, I want to apologize to my teammates for letting them down," he said. "Obviously with what happened, me missing practice yesterday was irresponsible and I take full accountability for my actions with what happened."

Kane attended the NBA All-Star game on Sunday and posted pictures on social media, which have since been removed, of himself partying in to the early morning hours on Monday.

"There were some things this weekend that shouldn't have happened. They won't be happening again," Kane said. "I can assure you guys of that."

He said he addressed the entire organization and his teammates as he works to regain their trust.

"That was probably the hardest thing, as everything went on. I let them down. I'm extremely disappointed in myself not being able to battle with them against Ottawa," Kane added. "For me obviously, I addressed them yesterday and I couldn't have asked much more from them with just how supportive they were. For that, I really have to thank them."

The winger, who had several social media incidents in his first few years in Winnipeg, shot back at a reporter who asked whether he took his professional career seriously.

"I think if you watch me play on the ice I do take hockey seriously. I think I can take it more seriously. I think going forward you're going to see it out of myself."

Kane did not know whether he'd be back in the lineup on Friday when Buffalo travels to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.

"I'm looking forward to putting this behind me and getting back on the ice."