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SJHN Daily: Kane Speaks Up for Bullied Fan Cecily Eklund



Credit: Evander Kane

Evander Kane got into it with a Los Angeles Kings fan…but in a good way.

Yesterday on Instagram, the polarizing ex-San Jose Sharks star unloaded on a Kings fan who spit on 10-year-old Cecily Eklund, a cancer survivor who has raised almost $100,000 for children with cancer.

Eklund was in Los Angeles for Game Three of the Edmonton Oilers-Kings first-round series.

“I’m disgusted and appalled at what happened to this amazing little girl in the stands and in a woman’s restroom where she was harassed for wearing her jersey and was spit on by a LA fan for doing so,” Kane wrote.

Cathy Eklund, Cecily’s mother, confirmed Kane’s account to The Global News.

“It wasn’t the best experience,” Cathy Eklund acknowledged, “but it’s also very important to remember that a couple fans don’t represent the whole fanbase.”

To that end, the Global News also reported that Kings fans, in response to Kane’s post, had donated over $7,000 to Cecily’s fundraising page by mid-day yesterday.

Kane also shared a DM that he received from the Kings fan who took responsibility for spitting on Eklund, blaming him for it.

“Maybe you should be kind and not be such a fuckin scum bag,” she wrote. “We Kings fans literally hate you. You make us spit on kids for being a dirty mother fucker. Listen to your own words and be kind. You fuckin scum bag.”

Scandal and controversy have marred Kane’s career, especially the end of his time with the San Jose Sharks, which San Jose Hockey Now covered last year:

Kane Talks Thompson Fight, Surprise That Sharks Wanted to Trade Him

Obviously, none of that excuses this Kings fan’s behavior toward a child.

According to the Global News, Mercedes-Benz of Escondido confirmed last night that an employee with the same name of this Kings fan no longer works at the car dealership.

The Oilers are currently up 3-2 over the Kings in their first-round series. Game Six is on Apr. 29, back in Los Angeles.

Kane has three goals so far, including a late, game-tying Game Four strike.

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