NHL clears Evander Kane of betting on games, reveals 'unrelated' investigation

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By , Audacy Sports

The NHL announced the findings of an investigation into allegations that San Jose Sharks star Evander Kane bet on games, including ones in which he played.

The league on Wednesday cleared Kane of "throwing games," a claim leveled by his wife, Anna, on social media last month.

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The investigation turned up "no evidence" that Kane bet on games or tried to "negatively" influence his team's outcome, the league said in a statement.

However, the NHL added that Kane was being investigated for "potential wrongdoing" in an "unrelated" matter.

Kane has vehemently denied the allegations of throwing games, and claimed his wife was "mentally unwell."

The issue first surfaced in early August, when Anna Kane claimed her husband was a "compulsive" gambler on Instagram.

“How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money?" she said. "Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”

She declined to take part in the investigation, the league said.

Evander Kane, 29, has had past issues related to gambling and money.

He declared bankruptcy earlier this year, despite having earned over $50 million in his career. In 2019 he was sued by a casino claiming he owed it $500,000, while a bank later sued him for $15 million after it claimed he obtained a line of credit by "fraudulent" means.

The league said it enlisted the services of Sportradar to analyze betting trends of Sharks game, and nothing irregular was found. Interviews were also conducted with "individuals most familiar with Mr. Kane's on-ice performance."

Anna Kane had also claimed that her husband was trying to sell her wedding ring and that he was unable to afford baby formula for their child.

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