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NHL closes Patrick Kane investigation, says sexual assault allegations were 'unfounded'

The league says it considers the sexual assault case against Patrick Kane closed.

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The NHL has closed its investigation into the Chicago Blackahawks forward Patrick Kane sexual assault case, saying it considers the matter closed and that it "concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded."

The league took on the independent review in the aftermath of the allegations that Kane sexually assaulted a woman at his home in Hamburg, N.Y. in August 2015. The Erie County, N.Y. District Attorney closed their investigation on Nov. 5 without pressing charges, saying that the case was "rife with reasonable doubt."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he met with Kane at the league's New York office on March 7 as part of the final stage of their review. There are no further details about what exactly went into their independent review of the case.

Here's the league's full statement:

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.