The NHL has found no evidence that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has bet on NHL games or attempted to pitch games after investigating his ex-wife’s allegations.
Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram post this summer that Kane was betting on NHL games and was “obviously throwing games to make money”, launching an investigation by the league.
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The NHL on Wednesday released the findings of the investigation conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security, a day before the start of the Sharks’ training camp.
The league said the investigation included detailed reviews of social media, public data, court records from Kane’s bankruptcy proceedings and ongoing divorce, as well as a review of sports betting data and analysis. The league said it interviewed Kane and other members of the Sharks organization, but Anna Kane declined to participate in the investigation.
“The investigation revealed no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane gambled or gambled on NHL games, and no evidence to corroborate allegations that Mr. Kane would have “thrown” games or not done their best to help the Sharks win games, “the league said in a statement. “On the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the claims.
“While Mr. Kane has denied the charges, our conclusions are not based on these denials but rather on other evidence uncovered during the investigation.”
Investigators analyzed game data from recent seasons of SportRadar, a leader in sports data collection and analysis.
The league said review of this data and interviews with people familiar with Kane’s game “provided no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s claims that her husband played in NHL games or “started” hockey games ”.
The league said it considers the matter closed but reserves the right to investigate if new information comes to light.
Anna Kane also made the allegations in an application for a restraining order filed in Santa Clara County Family Court this week that Kane physically and sexually assaulted her during their marriage.
Kane’s attorney, Travis Krepelka, denied the allegations in a statement, saying “Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their cherished daughter Kensington.”
The league is also investigating the charges and will have no comment until the investigation is completed.
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Kane, 30, has three seasons in a seven-year, $ 49 million contract. He’s with his third organization after being drafted and making his debut with Atlanta / Winnipeg and a stint at Buffalo. According to Capfriendly, who charts the hockey payroll, he made just under $ 56 million during his NHL career.
Last season, he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.