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NHL Finds No Evidence In Gambling Allegations Against Evander Kane

NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that it had concluded its investigation of allegations that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane gambled on League games, having found no evidence to support those allegations, or allegations that Mr. Kane made any effort to negatively impact his own Club’s games.

The extensive investigation of the allegations, which were made in social media posts by Mr. Kane’s wife Deanna, was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security.

The report states: “The investigation included a detailed review of social media, public data, and court filings from the bankruptcy proceeding initiated by Mr. Kane in January 2021 and his pending divorce proceeding; a review of sports betting data and analysis; and in person and virtual interviews of members of the Sharks organization and others, including Mr. Kane. It should be noted that Ms. Kane refused to participate in the investigation.

“The investigation uncovered no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane bet or otherwise participated in gambling on NHL games, and no evidence to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane ‘threw’ games or did not put forward his best effort to help the Sharks win games. To the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the allegations.

“While Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings are not based on these denials but instead on other evidence uncovered during the investigation.

The investigators analyzed relevant gambling information provided by Sportradar, a leader in the fields of sports data collection and analysis.

“We requested and received from Sportradar bet monitoring reports and analyses on Sharks games from the latter part of the 2018-19 season, including the 2019 Playoffs, and the 2020-2021 season.”

The report concludes: “Our review of public and non-public documents relating to Mr. Kane, including data and analysis from a leading sports integrity service, and our interviews of those individuals most familiar with Mr. Kane’s on-ice performance over the past three seasons yielded no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s allegations that her husband gambled on NHL games or ‘threw’ hockey games.”

Additional unrelated allegations, however, involving potential wrongdoing by Mr. Kane have been brought to our attention. These allegations are being thoroughly investigated and the National Hockey League will have no further comment regarding their substance pending completion of that process.

While reserving the right to investigate any new information that might arise relating to the gambling allegations, the National Hockey League now considers that specific matter closed.

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Paul's avatar

In the release, Kane is still facing. “additional unrelated alllegations.”

This week, his wife filed domestic charges against him.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/22/21 at 06:44 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Surprise, estranged wife in divorce proceedings makes BS allegations then doesnt bother to follow up. gtfo

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/22/21 at 07:14 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Does the league have cause for defamation?

Posted by The Hurricane on 09/22/21 at 09:49 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/22/21 at 06:44 PM ET

I saw the new allegations yesterday. I hope investigators get to the bottom of these allegations, whether they’re entirely baseless or not.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/23/21 at 04:24 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The betting thing was going to be a lost cause; I think that was clear as day all along.  Whether or not he was doing it, who knows, but if he were betting on games it could have been entirely via a bookie with cash and thus untraceable.  But it was put out there and given the latest betting partnerships with the league, they had to nip it in the bud immediately.

The latest allegations from his wife though….not good.  Not good at all.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/23/21 at 09:30 AM ET

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Does the league have cause for defamation?

If there is no evidence to back up her claims, surely Kane (and perhaps the league) has the basis for an defamation lawsuit. Even if doesn’t affect his current contract, it could certainly affect future contracts or endorsement deals.

I really don’t know the details around why his teammates are at odds with him but is it possible it is because his wife is causing friction with other players’ wives? Because that would be a quick way for your teammates to turn on you. See what happened with Mike Hoffman in Ottawa, for an example.

Posted by evileye on 09/23/21 at 10:22 AM ET

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I really don’t know the details around why his teammates are at odds with him but is it possible it is because his wife is causing friction with other players’ wives? Because that would be a quick way for your teammates to turn on you. See what happened with Mike Hoffman in Ottawa, for an example.

Posted by evileye on 09/23/21 at 10:22 AM ET

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kane-skipped-game-after-incident-with-teammates/

He doesn’t have a great track record.


As far as the gambling allegations, it’s well documented that he has a problem and as previously stated, the league has an interest in those documented cases not increasing. No idea how deep their “investigation” went or if they were able to review phone records, obviously without a ledger or some other record it would be nearly impossible to track cash movement.  If he was smart (I know, just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt) it’s not impossible to have done what was alleged and not get caught.

Posted by MZ2215 on 09/23/21 at 10:47 AM ET

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