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NHL suspends Sharks forward Evander Kane 21 games

Kane violated the NHL’s covid protocols and will be suspended for a quarter of the season without pay.

Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks skates during warmups against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center on May 8, 2021 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

San Jose Sharks F Evander Kane was suspended 21 games without pay for violating the League’s Covid protocols. The NHL also announced that their investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Kane could not be substantiated. Kane will be eligible to return to the Sharks and play on Nov. 30 against the New Jersey Devils. He released this statement through the players’ association.

“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. 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.”

Kane signed a 7-year, $49 million deal with the Sharks prior to the 2018-19 season. He’s still under contract through the 2024-25 season and is making $7 million annually against the cap. Kane led the Sharks in scoring last season with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) in 56 games.

There was a report that Kane had a fake vaccine card, which is likely why he was suspended by the League. Kane has also been accused of betting on NHL games and throwing games for money.