Timeline of Evander Kane issues: From bankruptcy filing to domestic assault allegations, list of controversies for Oilers
Evander Kane is making headlines in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His 10 goals led all players in the playoffs. In Game 3 against the Oilers, he scored a hat trick as Edmonton beat Calgary 4-1 to win a 2-1 series.
But public relations hasn’t always been good when it comes to Kane.
The reason the 30-year-old currently plays on a One-year, $2.1 million deal with the Oilers, it’s because the Sharks terminated his contract in January, following a long list of issues Kane has had over the years.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was that Kane was suspended by the league for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol in October 2021. After his suspension ended, the Shark placed him on waiver and he was reassigned to the AHL.
After five games with the San Jose Barracuda, it was announced that he had been placed on an unconditional waiver in a bid to terminate his contract.
From gambling debts to a gruesome divorce from his ex-wife to multiple NHL investigations, Kane’s career in the league has been tumultuous.
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Here’s a look at all the controversies surrounding Kane.
2016 Buffalo assault trial
The legal issues off the ice date back to 2016 when Kane was in Buffalo playing for the Sabres. He was sued by Rachel Kuechle, who accused him of assaulting her.
According to his complaint, he alleged that Kane “battered” him in a hotel room.
“While in the hotel room, he inflicted a battery on Kuechle. The physical battery was … violent and offensive in nature, causing physical injury to Kuechle, including lacerations, profuse bleeding, requiring multiple surgeries, blood transfusions and severe emotional trauma, all to his detriment.”
No charges were brought against Kane despite a police investigation. Last April, Kane and Kuechle reached an agreement, but no details were provided by Kane’s lawyer.
Filing for bankruptcy
In January 2021, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in San Jose. Debt details totaled $26.8 million, with $10.2 million in assets and $1.5 million in gambling debt.
That was just three years after he signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension with the Sharks in 2018.
At the time of filing, Kane had earned $52.9 million in team salaries during his 11-year NHL career, according to CapFriendly.
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As mentioned, part of Kane’s bankruptcy was $1.5 million in gambling debts. It started in November 2019 when he was sued by The Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas after he allegedly waived a debt of $500,000 game. The Casino dropped the case one year later.
In July 2021, Kane’s ex-wife Anna claimed in an Instagram post that her ex-husband betting on Sharks matches and throwing matches on purpose. At this point, it was reported that Kane enjoyed playing, and the NHL investigated the allegations.
Kane sat down with Linda Cohn for an episode of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” where he admitted to having a gambling problem but denied all allegations that he bet on his own games.
– Outside the Lines (@OTLonESPN) September 16, 2021
The league announced on September 22, 2021 that there were no proof that Kane bet on games or attempted to impact NHL competitions on the ice in any way.
Domestic violence allegations
During their ongoing divorce proceedings, Anna Kane had filed a restraining order against her future ex-husband, with allegations of sexual assault and multiple alleged cases of domestic assault included.
Kane had received a temporary injunction against Anna in August 2021, claiming he was abused four times between 2019 and 2021.
The NHL investigated the domestic abuse allegations against Kane and announced on October 18, 2021 that the domestic abuse allegations “could not be substantiated”.
NHL COVID-19 Protocol Violations
On the same day the league released its statement on the domestic violence allegations, the NHL announced it was suspend kane for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
It was Previously reported that Kane had used a fake vaccination card.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization and all Sharks fans for violating NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said in a statement. “I made a mistake, a mistake that I sincerely regret and for which I take responsibility. While on suspension, I will continue to attend counseling sessions to help me make better decisions in the future. At the end of my suspension, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination and love for hockey. »
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In January, Kane was again investigated by the league, this time involving Kane crossing the Canada-US border.
On January 27, the announced league that an investigation by Patterson Belknap Webb & Typer LLP could not find sufficient evidence to “conclusively conclude that Mr. Kane knowingly misrepresented his COVID-19 status or test results in the part of his international journey”.