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NHL closely ‘following developments’ in Kane situation


The National Hockey League is keeping a close eye on the Patrick Kane investigation in Hamburg, New York, but waiting for more information before reaching any kind of decision.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Chicago Sun-Times in an email on Monday that the league is “following developments” in the police investigation, which reportedly involves Kane and a woman at the 26-year-old’s home last weekend.

“You can assume we are doing everything we need to be doing from the league’s perspective,” said Daly.

According to Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus, the league’s security personnel has relationships with local law enforcement in all NHL cities and there is no plan to assign an independent investigator.

Kane is using the same lawyer from that 2009 cab incident

Patrick Kane

With a rape investigation underway, Patrick Kane is turning to the same lawyer who represented him back in 2009, the Associated Press confirms.

That would be Paul J. Cambria, Jr., the attorney who worked with the Chicago Blackhawks winger regarding the infamous “20 cents” incident with a cab driver in the Buffalo area.

The AP reports that Cambria acknowledged his hiring via a text message on Saturday, but didn’t provide any other details.

Cambria isn’t just familiar with Kane, he’s also experienced when it comes to high-profile clients, as his website affirms:

Mr. Cambria’s practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson.

News of the rape investigation broke on Thursday, while police confirmed it a day later. Kane, 26, is spending a “low-key” day with the Stanley Cup today.

Yes, Patrick Kane is getting his day with the Stanley Cup

Patrick Kane

With legal questions swirling, it was more than reasonable to wonder if Patrick Kane’s day with the Stanley Cup might be postponed or canceled, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

ESPN’s Katie Strang reports that it will happen, yet he’s keeping it to a private day with his family.

(The Chicago Sun-Times has a little more on his “low-key” day with the Cup.)

News surfaced on Thursday that there is a rape investigation underway regarding Kane, 26. Hamburg police confirmed as much on Friday.

While the Chicago Blackhawks winger is getting his day with the Cup, it sounds as though several plans were scuttled, according to the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham.

Graham notes that Scotty Bowman spent time with the trophy on Friday.

For more details about the investigation, read here and here.

It’s official: Top-ranked ’16 draft prospect Matthews will play in Switzerland

Auston Matthews

Auston Matthews is off to the Swiss League.

On Friday, National League A club ZSC (Zurich) Lions tweeted out that Matthews, the Arizona-bred phenom projected to go No. 1 overall at next year’s draft, will suit up for them next year rather than play junior hockey for WHL Everett.

The news comes after months of speculation and bureaucratic red tape. While Matthews has long been tied to a move to Switzerland, work permit issues prevented the Lions from making the signing official; per Swiss Hockey News, Matthews will have to wait until he turns 18 (in mid-September) before playing.

It promises to be worth the wait.

Matthews had a banner campaign for the U.S. National Team Development Program last year, setting single-season records with 55 goals and 117 points. He broke the previous scoring mark led by Chicago’s Patrick Kane, who also happens to be the last American-born player to go No. 1 overall.

In Zurich, Matthews will play professionally and against men, which should be a good test — at 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, he’s expected to handle himself physically.

He’ll also get an opportunity to work under an experienced head coach in Marc Crawford.

Crawford brings plenty to the table, having racked up over 500 wins during a 16-year coaching career with stops in Quebec, Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dallas. He captured the Jack Adams as the NHL’s top coach in 1995 and, a year later, helped the Avalanche win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Following his last stop with the Stars in 2011, Crawford took the Zurich job and has achieved a high level of success. The Lions captured the league championship in 2014 and were largely credited for the development of Ronalds Kenins, an undrafted Latvian forward than caught on with the Canucks last season, scoring 12 points in 30 games.

“Matthews is an outstanding young hockey player and everyone involved with the ZSC Lions is so excited about seeing him play in Zurich,” Crawford told Today’s Slapshot back in May. “I believe [the Swiss National League A] is the the perfect training ground for young athletes.”

With the Lions, Matthews will also skate with a slew of ex-NHLers: Robert Nilsson, Ryan Shannon, Dan Fritsche and Marc-Andre Bergeron, to name a few.

Police confirm Patrick Kane investigation

Patrick Kane

On Friday, Hamburg police chief Greg Wickett offered a brief statement on his department’s involvement in yesterday’s reported Patrick Kane rape investigation.

“The town of Hamburg is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at the residence of NHL player Patrick Kane last weekend,” Wickett said, adding that his department was still gathering information, waiting on the results of forensic testing, and would have no further comment.

Wickett then declined to answer any questions related to Kane or the investigation, telling reporters “you’re wasting your time.”

Kane, who lives in Hamburg during the offseason, reportedly had his residence searched by police over the weekend, per the Chicago Tribune:

Neighbors told the Tribune that three unmarked police cars descended upon Kane’s Hamburg home Sunday, and several plainclothes officers entered his house using flashlights.

At least one officer wore gloves and could be seen taking pictures in the front, said one witness, who asked not to be named.

Here’s a more comprehensive timeline of events thus far, per the Buffalo News:

• A young local woman has alleged that Kane, 26, took her to his Hamburg waterfront home and raped her after meeting her in a downtown Buffalo nightclub Saturday night or early Sunday.

• The alleged victim went to a local hospital, where she was examined for physical signs that she had been raped.

• The prosecutor assigned to the case is Roseanne Johnson, who specializes in sexual assault cases and heads the Special Victims Unit in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

More to follow…