Following an independent review into the rape allegations made against South Buffalo native Patrick Kane, the NHL announced on Wednesday that it found those allegations "unfounded" and considers the matter closed.
Below is the statement from the NHL regarding the Chicago Blackhawks forward:
The National Hockey League announced today that it has completed its independent review of the Patrick Kane matter, the final stage of which included an in-person meeting between Kane and Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday, March 7. Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded. The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.
In August 2015, a woman claimed she was raped by Kane in his Hamburg home after meeting him in a bar.
No criminal charges were ever filed in the case.
Kane is leading the NHL with 89 points.