The NHL discovered no proof that San Jose Sharks ahead Evander Kane wager on NHL video games or tried to throw video games after investigating allegations made by his estranged spouse.
Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram put up this summer time that Kane wager on NHL video games and was “clearly throwing video games to win cash,” launching a probe by the league.
The NHL launched the findings of that investigation performed by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP along side NHL Safety on Wednesday, a day earlier than the Sharks are set to start coaching camp.
The league mentioned the investigation included detailed opinions of social media, public knowledge, court docket filings from Kane’s chapter continuing and pending divorce and a evaluate of sports activities betting knowledge and evaluation. The league mentioned it interviewed Kane and different members of the Sharks group however Anna Kane declined to take part within the probe.
“The investigation uncovered no proof to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane wager or in any other case participated in playing on NHL video games, and no proof to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane ‘threw’ video games or didn’t put ahead his finest effort to assist the Sharks win video games,” the league mentioned in an announcement. “On the contrary, the proof raises doubts in regards to the veracity of the allegations.
“Whereas Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings are usually not primarily based on these denials however as an alternative on different proof uncovered throughout the investigation.”
Investigators analyzed playing knowledge from current seasons from SportRadar, a pacesetter within the fields of sports activities knowledge assortment and evaluation.
The league mentioned the evaluate of that knowledge and interviews with folks conversant in Kane’s play “yielded no proof to corroborate Ms. Kane’s allegations that her husband gambled on NHL video games or ‘threw’ hockey video games.”
The league mentioned it considers the case closed however retains the precise to research if new info arises.
Anna Kane additionally made allegations in a restraining order software filed in Santa Clara County Household Courtroom this week that Kane bodily and sexually abused her throughout their marriage.
Kane’s legal professional, Travis Krepelka, denied these allegations in an announcement, saying “Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their daughter Kensington, whom he cherishes.”
The league is investigating these expenses as nicely and will not have any remark till the investigation is accomplished.
Kane, 30, is three seasons right into a $49 million, seven-year contract. He’s along with his third group after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg and a stint in Buffalo. In response to Capfriendly, which charts hockey salaries, he has made slightly below $56 million throughout his NHL profession.
Final season, he had 22 objectives and 27 assists in 56 video games.