Blackhawks Star Accused of Rape

NHL 'following developments' in Patrick Kane case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2015 2:00 AM CDT
Blackhawks Star Accused of Rape
In this June 6, 2015 photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane's hockey career could be over just two months after he won the Stanley Cup. The player is being investigated for an alleged rape last weekend in Hamburg, NY, where he lives during the off-season, police sources tell the Buffalo News. The sources say a local woman accused the 26-year-old of sexual assault, but he has not yet been charged with a crime and police officers have been banned from publicly discussing the case.

A neighbor tells the Chicago Sun-Times that police officers, some of them wearing plastic gloves, searched Kane's home on Sunday night. The NHL and the Blackhawks say they are aware of the investigation and are "following developments," the News reports. Kane, who is one of the biggest celebrities in the Buffalo area, has been involved in off-ice incidents in the past, including an altercation with a cab driver in 2009 which led to assault charges. He was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo this weekend but it's not clear whether the victory celebration will go ahead, the AP reports. (More Patrick Kane stories.)

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