The NHL announced Wednesday afternoon their independent review into sexual assault allegations made against Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane has concluded, and the league called allegations made against Kane unfounded.
"The National Hockey League…has completed its independent review of the Patrick Kane matter, the final stage of which included an in-person meeting between Kane and Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday, March 7," the league said in a statement. "Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded.”
Kane will face no punishment from the league following the allegations, and the league said it “considers the matter closed.”
The league’s announcement comes more than four months after an Erie County prosecutor said no charges were coming against Kane for an incident which allegedly occurred at his home outside of Buffalo in August.
“I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong,” Kane said in a statement released in November following the conclusion of the Erie County investigation. “I have respected the legal process and I am glad that this matter has now been closed and I will have nothing further to say going forward.”
Kane, 27, has not missed a single game for the Blackhawks this season and participated in training camp and pre-season with the team. He is currently the league’s leading scorer with 38 goals and 51 points.