NHL investigation of Patrick Kane still ‘ongoing’


The National Hockey League has not yet closed its investigation of Patrick Kane following an alleged sexual assault in August, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed during All-Star weekend in Nashville.

More, from the Chicago Tribune:

Daly said the league’s investigation of the August incident in Western New York was still “ongoing” almost three months since Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita III did not charge Kane.

“When (the investigation) is done we’ll make an announcement,” Daly said.

Daly did not elaborate beyond that. When asked what the league could be looking into, considering there were no charges against Kane in the case, Daly said: “We have to satisfy ourselves with the facts.”

Back in early November, Sedita cited insufficient physical and DNA evidence and “significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses” as the reasons Kane wasn’t charged.

Kane’s accuser also signed an affidavit, informing the district attorney’s office that she no longer wanted to pursue criminal prosecution.

Following that news, Daly said the NHL would “promptly” review the situation.

“In light of the statement issued today by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, as an internal League matter, we intend to promptly review the information that may now be available to us,” he said. “We will have no further comment until we have completed that review.”

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