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“I Made a Mistake” – Evander Kane Facing 21-Game Suspension

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“I Made a Mistake” – Evander Kane Facing 21-Game Suspension

The National Hockey League has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games following the conclusion of an investigation into his abuse of the league’s COVID-19 protocol.

Prior to training camp, the former Winnipeg Jets forward was accused of using a fake vaccination card, to which he was immediately removed from the Sharks’ training camp roster. Kane did not participate in the preseason and had been on a leave of absence from the team ever since. Those allegations have since been deemed legit and his violation of protocol has resulted in a lengthy suspension.

“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization, and all Sharks fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols. I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for.”

Presenting a fake vaccination status card is an illegal offence in both Canada and the United States, which also goes against the rules laid out in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol handbook.

“During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counseling to help me make better decisions in the future,” Kane added. “When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination, and love for the game of hockey.”​

According to the league, just four NHL players remain as hold outs from getting their COVID-19 vaccines.

In missing 21 games without pay, the 30-year-old will lose a total of $1.68 million this season, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He will be eligible to return to the Sharks’ lineup on November 30 against New Jersey. Having led the Sharks with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) last season, Kane’s offence will certainly be missed. His attitude and shenanigans, however, will not.

“The NHL has advised our organization that Evander Kane has been suspended without pay for 21 games for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocols,” the Sharks wrote in a statement.”

“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.”

Through 769 career games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Kane has 262 goals and 506 points. There are four years remaining on the seven-year, $49 million contract he signed in late May of 2018.

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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