Monday, August 10, 2009
NHL looking into Blackhawk's arrest
The NHL is looking into an incident involving Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, who was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with robbery and other counts following an alleged altercation with a cab driver in Kane's hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.
"We are aware of the incident. We don't condone or approve of what has been suggested the facts are. And we are looking into it," the NHL said in a statement.
Kane, 20, and his cousin, James M. Kane, 21, allegedly punched the cab driver and took the $15 they had given him after he couldn't provide 20 cents in change, according to a police report. The two reportedly were taken into police custody at about 5 a.m. ET.
The cab driver allegedly suffered facial cuts after being struck in the head and face.
The Kanes were charged with a count of felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief. Patrick Kane pleaded not guilty.
The Kanes are scheduled for a court hearing next Monday to answer charges. That's the same day a U.S. Olympic men's hockey orientation camp starts in suburban Chicago. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said Monday that Kane is still expected to participate in the three-day camp.
"There's nothing different today in terms of preparing for the camp," Fischer said. "We're aware of the situation and will let the legal process take its course."
The Blackhawks, through spokesman Brandon Faber, issued the following reaction on Sunday: "He is a big part of our organization and a team leader and we stand behind him. As we are still collecting all the facts, it would be premature to comment further at this time."
Information from ESPN.com news services was used in this report.