SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Training camp gave Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane a chance to regain some semblance of a normal routine.

It included seeing his teammates again, some for the first time since Kane became the subject of a sexual-assault investigation for an incident at his home in western New York.

“It’s exciting to see everyone,” Kane said. “You try to catch up and start the season off the right way.”

Kane said his teammates were excited to see him, but it would be understandable if they were not. The Hawks are trying to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

And it would help the Hawks’ efforts if one of the most dynamic players in the league was on the ice for them. But the investigation Kane is facing has put a cloud over his playing status.

While the investigation moves forward with a grand jury expected to begin proceedings later this month, Kane took the ice for the Hawks during training camp. But if Kane were to be charged, he would likely face an indefinite suspension from the NHL pending the outcome of the investigation.

As such, Kane would not be able to take the ice and help his teammates in their pursuit of another Stanley Cup. It follows that there could be some anger or resentment toward Kane, but those in the Hawks’ dressing room expressed support.

OILERS: Edmonton signed defenseman Oscar Klefbom to a seven-year contract extension.

Klefbom had 20 points, including two goals, in 60 games last season with Edmonton. He ranked second among Oilers defensemen in points (20) and time on ice (21:59), setting career highs in both categories. He also ranked third among Oilers defensemen in blocked shots (102).

TODD EWEN, the former NHL enforcer called “The Animal” for his rugged play and fighting ability, died at age 49.