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Jets coach Paul Maurice responds to claims Evander Kane felt 'unappreciated,' played hurt

​The Winnipeg Jets coach says he’s sorry former player Evander Kane felt unappreciated while playing through injury – but Kane wasn’t alone in playing hurt, and it was his choice to play.

Winnipeg Jets coach says he did appreciate Evander Kane but playing was Kane’s choice

Jets coach Paul Maurice responds to claims Evander Kane felt ‘unappreciated,’ played hurt

8 years ago
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​The Winnipeg Jets coach says he’s sorry former player Evander Kane felt unappreciated while playing through injury – but Kane wasn’t alone in playing hurt, and it was his choice to play.

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice says he's sorry former player Evander Kane felt unappreciated while playing through injury – but Kane wasn't alone in playing hurt, and it was his choice to play.

On Monday, Maurice was asked about comments apparently made to The Hockey News from Kane that said he felt unappreciated when he had to play through injuries.

A reporter asked Maurice to respond to an apparent quote from Kane saying, "You have a broken ankle; you have a broken hand – a shoulder problem. I'm sacrificing my body, playing through pain, doing everything I can to help the team win with the feeling – knowing guys don't have my back. I feel the organization doesn't have my back and you feel unappreciated."

Maurice said he was sorry Kane felt that way, and he was appreciated.

"We did play with a lot of injuries, but if you can find me a player that I've ever coached that I came out and said, 'Boy, this guy's playing with a broken ankle and I really appreciate it,' I've never said that," said Maurice. "I would never talk about a guy's injury."

Maurice acknowledged Kane played hurt and for extended periods of time, but he said it was Kane's choice whether to play on injuries or not.

"He played on it and then there was a lot of pain. He did, he played through an awful lot of pain, and we really appreciate it, but I'm not coming out here giving you guys a list of injuries and the guys who are playing with it because they're playing with it. There's no sense in drawing targets on their back," said Maurice.

He added, "Sorry he felt that way. I certainly appreciated him playing through those injuries."

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