Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is the subject of an investigation by the Hamburg, N.Y., police department into an unspecified incident, according to Lou Michel and Robert J. McCarthy of the Buffalo Times.
Details regarding the investigation are not known, but multiple sources have told the newspaper that officers have been forbidden from discussing it publicly. No charges have been filed in connection to the incident, and it remains unclear whether police have already spoken to Kane.
"We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime," said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III also declined to discuss the situation. "We neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of an investigation until such time as someone has been charged with a crime," Sedita said.
The investigation is the latest off-ice issue for the 26-year-old NHL superstar, who recently won his third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks and was set to have his day with the trophy Saturday. Back in 2009, he was involved in an incident with a Buffalo cab driver, and in 2012, his drunken antics in Madison, Wis., received significant attention. This situation appears to be more serious, however.
Paul J. Cambria, Kane's lawyer, would neither confirm nor deny the investigation. The Blackhawks have also gone into "total lockdown right now," according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazarus. Details concerning the nature of the investigation and the incident remain unclear.