As many of you have seen over the past month, no one knows the full story. We have had media outlets all over speculating on what went down. Some say Kane is guilty. Others say the victim is just out for a payday. And that is all it is—he said she said. We don’t know everything and we certainly don’t know anything at the moment.

What we do know at the moment is that the grand jury investigation into rape allegations against Patrick Kane set to begin today, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, was abruptly postponed, according to The Buffalo News. This comes to light to The Buffalo News who cited three current and former law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case. I know what you’re thinking—knowledge to the case? Not again!

Everyone seems to have “knowledge of the case,” but nothing ever comes of it. But, let’s say they are correct. According to the paper, two of the sources said that the reason for the delay appears to be the possibility of ongoing settlement talks between both parties.

What Does This Mean for Kane?

If settlement talks are indeed happening, what would happen? While Kane has yet to be criminally charged, the NHL can suspend Kane under the Collective Bargaining agreement for potentially damaging the league’s reputation. I mean, can you blame them?

It seems that the NHL is the one professional sport association that was something to look up to. The MLB and NFL have had their fair share of drama and headlines in the news, but the NHL has worked hard to try to stay out of the negative light by holding their players accountable for their actions because even off the ice, hockey players carried their team’s name and the league’s name. This could be the same for the Blackhawks, too—while not criminally charged, Kane can still be suspended.

Training camp for the Blackhawks starts September 18th in South Bend and then September 21st at the United Center, but there is no word on whether Kane will be there or not—I would highly doubt that he would be there pending this ongoing investigation and potential settlement.

At this point we don’t know anything else and we won’t until a settlement is reached, or Kane is charged or not charged. For now, we just play the waiting game and focus on those players who always represent the Blackhawks in the best light.


  1. Pam K

    September 8, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    My dad always use to say “there are three sides to every story, the 3rd being the truth”. Even if Kane is innocent and he agrees to a settlement in order to avoid being tied up in a long drawn out hearing, he looses. (I know people will argue why he would do this if he was isn’t, but I’ve seen it done before.) Time will tell.

    • Sara Berg

      September 8, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      I absolutely agree with you. And, yes, time will tell. It is such a mess.

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