‘Matter closed’ — NHL concludes allegations against Patrick Kane were ‘unfounded’

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A statement from the NHL:

“The National Hockey League announced today that it 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. 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. The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.”

As recently as January, the NHL had maintained that its investigation of Kane was “ongoing.”

The allegations of sexual assault against Kane first emerged in August.

Kane, 27, is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy this season. With 89 points in 67 games, he leads the NHL in scoring by a 16-point margin.