Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks has been suspended 21 games for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
The NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on September 1 on the COVID-19 protocol for the 2021-22 season.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization and all Sharks fans for violating NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said in a statement. “I made a mistake, a mistake that I sincerely regret and for which I take responsibility. 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 a lot of effort, determination and love for hockey ”
Kane has been the subject of several NHL investigations, including one after his wife, Deanna, alleged that Kane had played in NHL games. Evander and Deanna Kane are in the process of getting divorced.
The NHL announced on September 22 that there was no evidence to support these claims, but that two more investigations into Kane had been opened. The NHL announced Monday that the two allegations could not be substantiated.
“The NHL has informed our organization that Evander Kane has been suspended without pay for 21 games for an established violation and lack of compliance with NHL / NHLHA COVID-19 protocols,” the Sharks said in a statement Monday. “While we are encouraged by Evander’s commitment to move forward, we are extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place by the NHL and NHLPA. We won’t comment further on Evander’s status until the conclusion of the mandatory NHL suspension. “
Kane led the Sharks last season with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) in 56 games. He has four seasons left on the seven-year contract he signed with San Jose on May 24, 2018.
To add depth to the left wing, the Sharks claimed the front Jonas Gadjovitch waived by the Vancouver Canucks on October 7. The 23-year-old was held without a point in an NHL game last season, but scored 15 goals in 19 games for Utica in the American Hockey League.
Before recruit Guillaume Eklund should play a leading role. The No. 7 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft collected one assist in his NHL debut against the Jets after scoring six points (one goal, five assists) in five preseason games.
Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the fourth pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Kane scored 506 points (264 goals, 242 assists) in 769 regular season games with the Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabers and the Sharks, and 13 points. (six goals, seven assists) in 29 Stanley Cup Playoff games.