Evander Kane cleared in NHL gambling investigation

The NHL has completed one of its investigations into Evander Kane, but announced a new probe of the San Jose Sharks star.

The league said Wednesday it had found no evidence Kane gambled on league games following accusations made by his estranged wife.

Kane’s wife, Anna, has accused the 30-year-old of tanking games for profit and abandoning her and their toddler to party in Europe as their house was being “taken by the bank.”

The NHL report read: “The investigation uncovered no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane bet or otherwise participated in gambling on NHL games, and no evidence to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane ‘threw’ games or did not put forward his best effort to help the Sharks win games. To the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the allegations.

“While Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings are not based on these denials, but instead on other evidence uncovered during the investigation.”

The NHL also said Wednesday that the veteran forward is now under investigation for “additional unrelated allegations … involving potential wrongdoing.”

Evander Kane was cleared by the NHL of gambling allegations, though the league is still investigating other claims made against him.
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The Kanes’ divorce proceedings have been acrimonious, with each side accusing the other of abuse.

This week, Anna Kane applied for a restraining order in Santa Clara County Family Court, alleging a “history of domestic violence against me” and saying she “walked on eggshells for fear that he would get mad and take out his anger on me.”

“In the early part of our marriage, it was verbal abuse,” she wrote, “but I eventually became his punching bag.”

Anna claimed Evander forced her to have oral sex with him in March 2019 after a funeral for their infant daughter, and later wrote, “Evander again forced me, against my will, to have sexual intercourse with him even though I had not healed.”

She claims he told her, “You can’t rape your wife.”

As part of her filing, she also said he verbally and physically assaulted her after a 2019 dinner in Las Vegas, adding he punched her in the head, a June 2021 incident in which Anna claims Evander grabbed her by the neck and lifted her off her feet while “violently choking” her.

In August, Evander was granted in part a temporary restraining order against Anna after he alleged she had been violent with him in the past.

Evander’s lawyer, Travis Krepekla, denied Anna’s latest claims in a statement to The Mercury News.

“It is clear to us that Ms. Kane’s current application is retaliatory,” Krepelka said. “She is already the restrained party under a temporary domestic violence restraining order.”