U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Patrick Kane's South Buffalo, New York

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APSouth Buffalo native Patrick Kane hopes to help lead the U.S. ice hockey team to its first gold medal since 1980.
Olympian: Patrick Kane
Event: Hockey
Hometown: South Buffalo, New York
Population: 42,717

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane has deep roots in South Buffalo, a working class neighborhood with a strong Irish-American flavor. Once part of Buffalo's most notorious vice district, the tight knit neighborhood is still home to some of the Queen City's best bars.

Where to follow in Patrick's footsteps

Hockey has long been the sport of choice in this neighborhood, and the league Patrick played in before moving to Ontario to advance his hockey career is still going strong at the Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink on Abbott Road. And if you walk into neighborhood bars like Leahy's, Gene McCarthy's, Swannie House, Doc Sullivan's or the Blackthorn, chances are they'll have hockey on, and at least a few of the patrons will know the Kane family personally.

Where to eat

The roast beef on weck sandwiches at Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub on Seneca Street are a neighborhood institution, and regulars also rave about the beer cheddar soup and the homemade tater tots. Or for an authentic taste of the British Isles, try the meat pies at the English Pork Pie Company.

What else is there to do?

Take a walk in tranquil Cazenovia Park or at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, both designed by renowned architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Check out the Buffalo Irish Center, which hosts a wealth of events, including Irish ceilis, and soak up the stained glass splendor of the Our Lady of Victory Basilica in nearby Lackawanna, one of the most stunning churches you'll find anywhere in the U.S. And if you happen to be in town around St. Patrick's Day, don't miss the South Buffalo parade, which takes place every year on the Saturday before the holiday.

Where to stay

The landmark Lafayette Hotel in downtown Buffalo, now called Hotel @ The Lafayette, has been lovingly restored and now includes a brewery. If you prefer a more intimate bed and breakfast experience, stay at the Elmwood Village Inn for proximity to some of the city's best dining and shopping, or the Parkside House, if you want to be within walking distance of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Martin House Complex.

Mapped: Patrick Kane's South Buffalo

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