GENEVA – Scott Hajek said he never thought he would be able to convince Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup championship in Kane County.
But Hajek, the county's water resources manager, said he thought it would make sense to recognize the fact that the NHL star and the county share the Kane name. Last month, the Kane County Board unanimously approved a resolution naming Thursday as "Patrick Kane County" Day. It will be celebrated on Aug. 8 to honor Kane's uniform No. 88.
"Obviously, the great dream would be to have him show up with the Cup," Hajek said. "I never saw that as a realistic expectation. He's a busy guy."
Instead, a championship flag will be flown at the Kane County Government Center, at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. In a news release, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said, "we are truly excited and proud to honor Patrick Kane in this way because of his fantastic accomplishments as part of such a great team."
Hajek said he attempted to have such a recognition in 2010, after the Blackhawks' first NHL championship, but he wasn't able to get it done. This time, he was ready after the Blackhawks went on to win the league championship, defeating the Boston Bruins in the NHL finals.
And though Hajek said it was a longshot, he said he did try to reach out to Kane for a visit. But Hajek acknowledged Kane "has got bigger priorities."
"This is just a way to honor the Blackhawks and Patrick Kane, who has the same name as our county," Hajek said. "It seemed like fun thing to do."