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Patrick Kane gives up first-class seat on flight to soldier

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is earning well-deserved praise this week after news surfaced that he gave up his first-class seat on a recent flight to a member of the U.S. military.

Kane evidently noticed the serviceman seated in coach. According to American Airlines flight attendant Teri Truss, Kane offered up his cushier seat up front.

“[Kane] said ‘There’s a soldier on this flight,’ and I said ‘Yeah, okay?'” Truss told CBS Chicago. “He said ‘I would like for him to sit up front, and I would like to give him my first-class seat, and I’ll go to the back.’”

“I’m like, ‘Are you sure?'” Truss added. “He said yes, and I was, like, ‘Perfect. Great opportunity.'”

Truss later tweeted out a photograph of her and Kane in order to properly praise the superstar for the thoughtful act.

In the grand scheme of things, giving up a first-class seat on the airplane isn’t the biggest sacrifice by any measure, especially when compared to what military members lay on the line every single day. So, it’s easy to be cynical about stories like this one.

On the other hand, Kane — who isn’t even the first superstar professional athlete to make such a gesture — could have just as easily noticed the soldier and did nothing. And for that, Kane does deserve some credit. Better yet? Truss indicated the soldier seemed grateful for Kane’s generosity.

[The Washington Post]