As a result of Evander Kane submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to the NHL, the league suspended him on Monday for 21 games without pay and he won’t be able to play until the Sharks’ game against the Devils in New Jersey on November 30.
Physical and Sexual abuse Allegations Against Kane
On top of that, the NHL revealed on Monday that it was unable to corroborate Kane’s ex-wife Anna’s claims of physical and sexual abuse made last month.
A day after the abuse allegations were made public by Anna, the NHL announced that it had found no evidence that Evander had thrown or gambled during NHL contests.
After violating NHL COVID protocols, Kane apologized to the rest of his Sharks teammates, the organization, and all Sharks fans in a statement released through the NHLPA on Monday. He acknowledged his error and expressed sincere regret for it.
He also stated that he intends to continue going to counseling in the future to help him make better decisions.
Sharks no longer wanted the Forward to be on the team anymore
Mercury News reported that last season, tensions erupted between Kane and some of his Sharks teammates to the point where some players told the team’s leadership they no longer wanted the forward on the roster.
Some of the team members were displeased because of Kane’s alleged lax attitude toward team rules, such as being late to practices and games and dressing inappropriately.
“While we are encouraged by Evander’s commitment to moving forward, we are extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place by the NHL and the NHLPA. We will not be commenting further on Evander’s status prior to the conclusion of the NHL’s mandated suspension,” said Sharks in a statement, as quoted by the NHL News.
Despite Kane’s lengthy suspension, it isn’t the longest in Sharks’ history. When Raffi Torres interfered with Jakob Silfverberg and hit him illegally in October 2015, he was suspended for 41 games.