Patrick Kane takes shot at former teammate in return to Chicago.

Patrick Kane takes shot at former teammate in return to Chicago.

Patrick Kane pokes fun at one of his former teammates in his highly anticipated return to Chicago.

Jonathan Larivee

The Detroit Red Wings will be in Chicago tonight where they will take on the Chicago Blackhawks, and although it is a typical regular season game it will be a special night for Red Wings forward Patrick Kane.

Kane, who signed with the Red Wings in late November, will be returning to the United Center in Chicago for the very first time since he was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane of course spent the vast majority of his National Hockey League career with the Blackhawks and made a name for himself as a part of that organization, becoming a 3-time Stanley Cup champion along the way.

Things have of course changed drastically since Kane was last in Chicago and on Sunday, prior to facing his former team, he was asked about perhaps the biggest change in the form of superstar Connor Bedard. Kane spoke highly of Bedard but also used the question to, entirely unprompted, take a hilarious shot at former Blackhawks teammate Patrick Sharp.

"I think obviously he has so much skill and his shot, very creative out there but when I think about him, I think about the work you have to put in to be at that level, right?" said Kane of Bedard. Some people think it's God-given talent or things like that. You go through it yourself when you're younger. Sharpy would always make fun of me and say I was silver-spoon fed because I was the first overall pick and got all these opportunities. I would always tell him, 'Hey, you should've worked harder when you were a kid. that's what gave me all those opportunities. He always liked that one and he quieted down pretty quickly after that, but that's what I think with Connor. It seems he loves the game, loves practicing, loves working at his game. So, all that stuff pays off."

I would like to think that somewhere out there Patrick Sharp is going to be cracking a grin from ear to ear when he reads about the fact that Kane is still thinking about some of his chirps, perhaps decades after he uttered them.