The National Hockey League said it will look into allegations that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on his own games and tried to lose games for profit.
The allegations came from an Instagram post that is purported to be from his wife, Anna.
In the posts Anna Kane said, “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this. Can someone ask Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
The NHL said in a statement: “The League was made aware this evening of a post on social media alleging that San Jose Sharks Player Evander Kane bet on NHL games. The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously. We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
The Sharks said they have been in contact with the league regarding Kane.
In January, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, saying he is $27 million in debt and is facing six lawsuits, court actions and administrative proceedings with lending agencies. In the bankruptcy petition, it stated that Kane has lost $1.5 million in gambling in the past year.
Kane, 29, has spent the last four seasons with San Jose. In 212 games with the Sharks, he has 87 goals and 79 assists. He led the league in penalty minutes in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Kane is in the middle of a seven-year, $49 million contract he signed in 2018. He also has played for the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres.