The hammer has dropped on Evander Kane.
The NHL has announced that they’re suspending the San Jose Sharks star for 21 regular season games “for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.”
We can presume that Kane did indeed try to pass off a fake vaccination card, as claimed, but that isn’t confirmed.
Kane is scheduled to be available once again to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 30.
The question is, will the Sharks welcome him back? Even before this fiasco, there were multiple reports that Kane’s teammates did not want him back in the locker room. Reportedly, Kane had flouted a variety of team rules and almost gotten into a fight with then-associate coach Rocky Thompson.
The San Jose Sharks will now have a good chance to experience life without their problem child: For the duration of this 21-game suspension, Kane will not count officially against the team roster or salary cap.
The league also announced that its investigation into Deanna Kane’s allegations that her estranged husband Evander Kane assaulted and battered her “could not be substantiated.”
Evander Kane responded to the suspension via the NHLPA:
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) October 18, 2021
The San Jose Sharks also followed with their own statement:
#SJSharks statement on Evander Kane: "While we are encouraged by Evander’s commitment to moving forward, we are extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place by the NHL and the NHLPA." pic.twitter.com/YnLQF2Yckt
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 18, 2021
You can also read the full NHL press release here.
— The Content Boyz (@LockedOnSharks) October 19, 2021
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