NHL-League suspends Evander Kane for 21 games for COVID-19 violations


FILE PHOTO: May 3, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

October 18, 2021

(Reuters) – The National Hockey League (NHL) on Monday suspended the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane for 21 regular-season games without pay for violating its COVID-19 protocols.

The Canadian forward will be ineligible to play before Nov. 30, effectively keeping him off the ice for more than a quarter of the regular season.

ESPN previously reported that Kane faced allegations of using a fake COVID-19 vaccine card. The NHL did not comment on the nature of Kane’s violation and said it would have no further comment. Kane did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“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,” the Sharks said in a written statement.

Kane’s suspension was not the first significant punishment the league has handed down for COVID-19 rule-breaking. In January the NHL fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for “player violations.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, additional reporting by Rory Carroll)

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