NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for fake COVID-19 vaccine card

SAN JOSE, California NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks striker Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

The league announced the unpaid suspension on Monday, saying Kane is only eligible to play on November 30 in New Jersey. Kane is losing about $ 1.68 million of his $ 7 million salary this season with the money going to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

The league also announced that a simultaneous investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse against Kane by his estranged wife, Anna, could not be substantiated.

“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization and all shark fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said in a statement. “I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for. During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counseling to help me make better decisions in the future. When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination and love for the game of hockey. ”

The sharks have not said what Kane’s status will be after the investigations. Kane had not been on the team since the start of training camp while these investigations were underway in an agreement between him and the team.

“While we are encouraged by Evander’s commitment to moving forward, we are extremely disappointed with his disregard for the health and safety protocols introduced by the NHL and the NHLPA,” the team said in a statement. “We will not comment on Evander’s status further before the end of the NHL’s mandated suspension.”

Kane had previously been approved by the NHL in an investigation into allegations by Anna Kane that he was betting on hockey games, including some against the sharks.

But the league ruled that Kane violated the COVID-19 protocols. A person familiar with the investigation said earlier this month that the league was investigating allegations that Kane submitted a fake vaccination card. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details were not made public.

Using a fake vaccination card is illegal in both the United States and Canada as well as against NHL rules.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week that only four players on active rosters had not been vaccinated.

Kane, 30, has three seasons on a seven-year, $ 49 million contract. He’s in it his third organization after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta / Winnipeg and a period in Buffalo.

Last season, he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.

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