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Helicopter ride to Toronto allows Evander Kane, teammates to watch Jays

Evander Kane is a fan of any big sporting event, so when he heard a couple of teammates were interested in watching the Blue Jays on Monday night, he looked into the best way to get from Buffalo to Toronto.

He settled on a helicopter.

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Kane, Jamie McGinn and Carlo Colaiacovo flew to Toronto to watch the Jays' 11-8 victory over Kansas City.

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"I look at it as a safety thing," Kane said Tuesday in First Niagara Center. "It prevents accidents. You’re not driving. You’re not tired. It’s a safe way to get to a game."

Anyone familiar with the story of Tim Horton can agree there are perils to navigating the QEW late at night.

Kane was also at an MLB playoff game Sunday night, taking in the Cubs at Mets in New York.

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"Just had the day off and I was in New York City visiting my girlfriend," Kane said. "Obviously, there was a game so I thought we’d go check it out. It was cold. That was a little bit colder than the Blue Jays game, that’s for sure. Didn’t stay for the whole one.

"I am a Jays fan. I like sports, so whatever’s on and obviously big games. It was a big game for the Blue Jays, it’s the playoffs, and I’m a sports fan. I like to go to all different sports. If I get an opportunity and it makes sense, why not?"

It's back to hockey on Wednesday as the Sabres host Toronto.

"Obviously, our focus is getting better on the ice and getting better in a lot of areas in our game," said Kane, whose team is 1-4. "That being said, we’re five games in. There’s a lot of hockey left to be played.

"I think everyone has that sense of urgency, in a way, that we can’t wait forever. Even though it’s just five games in, we’ve kind of got to start with this week."

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