San Jose Sharks have described themselves as “extremely disappointed” by a breach that has earned groveling Player of the Year Evander Kane one of the heaviest punishments handed out to an athlete for a Covid violation.
NHL star Kane, who is involved in a high-profile divorce with wife Deanna, voiced his sorrow after being suspended without pay for 21 games for breaking Covid protocol, keeping him out of action until the end of November.
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The league said on September 22 that there was no evidence to support gambling claims first mooted by Kane’s estranged wife, adding that two additional investigations into Kane had been opened.
A concurrent investigation into allegations of domestic abuse made against Kane by Deanna could not be substantiated, the NHL stated.
Tired of his apologies. Actions speak louder than words. This individual is not equipped to play in this league. He should be banned for COVID incident. Hope the Sharks release home. Want more positive stories like Ecklund and Weatherby.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization, and all Sharks fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols,” the 30-year-old responded.
“I made a mistake – one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for. During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counseling to help me make better decisions in the future.
“When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination, and love for the game of hockey.”
As a Sharks fan, I hope the organization does the right thing. If the League does not terminate his contract, I encourage the Sharks to, whatever the financial ramifications. I do not want to see this man play for my club or anywhere else.
The Sharks, who will miss the player responsible for 49 points last season, said they were “encouraged by Evander’s commitment to moving forward” but “extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place”.
Kane’s suspension is thought to be the joint sixth-longest ever handed to an NHL player.
Los Angeles Kings star Slava Voynov earned arguably the toughest punishment awarded when he was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on domestic violence charges in 2014.
I wonder what the salary cap implications of cutting him loose might be.I just remember a whole thing yrs ago when the Kings weaseled out of a contract with a player charged w/ DV and it helped their salary cap. I’m just going to assume the Sharks are screwed.