The hits keep coming for San Jose Sharks’ forward Evander Kane. The NHL’s latest investigation of Kane centers around his possible use of a fake vaccination card, The Athletic has confirmed. The allegations were first reported by Front Office Sports.
The NHL’s current COVID protocols make it clear that a “lack of compliance will result in significant Club and individual sanctions, including potential forfeiture of games, fines and reimbursements of expenses, loss of draft choices, and/or ineligibility for participation in training activities.”
Beyond potential NHL sanctions, using a fake vaccination card is illegal both in the U.S. and Canada.
According to Front Office “A person who buys, sells or uses a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card faces up to five years in prison under U.S. federal law. A traveler attempting to enter Canada with a bogus vaccination card can be hit with a fine up to $750,000 and be incarcerated up to six months.
The investigation is just the latest in a very long string of troubles for Kane.
In September the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it had concluded its investigation of allegations that Kane gambled on League games. The league announced that they had found no evidence to support those allegations, or allegations that Mr. Kane made any effort to negatively impact his own Club’s games.
The week prior Kane sat for an interview with ESPN’s Linda Cohn as part of the NHL’s media day held in Chicago. In the interview Kane denied all claims of betting on NHL games, but admitted he had a gambling problem.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) September 16, 2021
The NHL’s dismissal of the latest gambling claims are only a small portion of what Kane has been dealing with over the past year.
Earlier in September Front Office Sports (FOS) reported that Kane faces a new set of allegations by Anna Kane — including sexual assault and multiple instances of domestic battery — leveled in court documents obtained by Front Office Sports.
The numerous accusations came in a domestic violence restraining order application by Anna Kane as part of her divorce case in Santa Clara County, Calif. The application was filed on Tuesday.
“To be clear, Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their daughter Kensington, whom he cherishes,” Evander Kane’s attorney, Tracis Krepelka, wrote in a statement to FOS. “He recognizes that they have many years ahead of them as co-parents, during which they will have to work together, which makes it that much more frustrating that she has chosen this path.
The Sharks released a statement, stating Kane will not be participating in training camp until further notice.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 23, 2021
In August Kane accused his estranged wife of being a husband beater. More specifically, he claimed Anna Kane punched him in the face multiple times in past — and Kane obtained a domestic violence temporary restraining order (TRO), according to TMZ.
Earlier this summer Kane’s estranged wife took to Instagram to blast Evander, stating he was betting on NHL games, including his own Sharks games. The below post includes all of Anna Kane’s accusations against her husband:
— SJ Sharks Coverage (@SJSharksNewsIG) July 31, 2021
Anna Kane also accused her husband of essentially abandoning her, their one-year-old daughter Kensington and unborn son, forcing them to move out of their home by themselves while he partied in Europe.
Kane responded to the accusations a day later with a statement he released on his Twitter page.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 1, 2021
According to Radar Online, Kane’s wife slapped the San Jose Sharks’ player with divorce papers weeks before accusing him of betting on his own hockey games. According to court documents obtained by Radar, Anna filed for divorce from Evander on July 16.
Then The Athletic reported that a federal bankruptcy judge gave the go-ahead for discovery in a lawsuit filed by Hope Parker, who alleges Kane reneged on a promise to pay her at least $2 million if she aborted their pregnancy. That means Parker, who first sued in 2018 in California state court, can begin seeking testimony and electronic correspondence from Kane, who says he changed his mind about paying Parker before she sent him proof of the abortion.
Earlier in August The Athletic reported that Kane’s San Jose Sharks teammates would prefer he be traded than return to the team. Several key Sharks players informed team brass that if Kane was going to be a part of the Sharks going forward, they didn’t want to be.
In January of this year, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy listing assets totaling just over $10.2 million and his liabilities at over $26.8 million. According to the petition, he lost $1.5 million due to gambling “at casino and via bookie (sports betting).”
In November of 2019, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court alleging Evnder Kane failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers the casino extended to him in April.
The court documents stated that Kane, who is a Canadian citizen, took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15. That date would have fallen between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.
By Jon Sorensen