September 22 (WNN) — The NHL completed its investigation of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane and found no evidence that he gambled on a game or attempted to throw a game.
Ken’s wife, Anna, alleged in an Instagram post Earlier this year Kane had bet on NHL games and was “throwing games to win money,” triggering the league’s investigation. The couple recently entered into divorce proceedings.
The league revealed the findings of its investigation – by Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security – on Wednesday, a day before the Sharks’ training camp begins.
According to the league, the investigation involved a detailed review of social media, public data, court filings of both Kane’s bankruptcy proceedings and his pending divorce proceedings, and a review of sports betting data and analysis by SportsRadar.
With that information reviewed, the NHL said it conducted interviews with Kane and other members of the Sharks organization. Kane’s wife “refused to participate in the investigation,” the league said.
“The investigation found no evidence to corroborate Ms Kane’s allegations that Mr Kane participated in or otherwise participated in gambling at NHL games, and no evidence to confirm the allegations that Mr Kane ‘played the sport’. Thrown’ or put on your best effort. Help the Sharks win the game,” the NHL said in a statement.
“On the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the allegations. While Mr. Kane denies the allegations, our conclusions are not based on these denials, but on other evidence that emerged during the course of the investigation.”
The NHL said it considers the case closed, although it reserves the right to look into any new information relating to the gambling allegations.
The league also stated that it “has launched a new investigation into Kane for unrelated allegations of possible wrongdoing that were brought to the attention of the League.” The NHL did not specify further.
Earlier on Wednesday, Front Office Sports reported that Kane’s wife, Anna, made allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence in a restraining order application filed in Santa Clara County Family Court this week.
Kane’s attorney, Travis Krepelka, denied those allegations in a statement, saying: “Avender denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or her daughter Kensington, whom he loves.”
Ken, 30, is entering the fourth year of a seven-year contract that pays him $7 million a year. He recorded 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games last season for the Sharks.