NHL considers case closed against Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) wipes his face after missing a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — According to the National Hockey League, an independent investigation into potential wrongdoing by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is officially over.

The league based its findings partially off the Erie County’s District Attorney’s Office decision to avoid filing charges. League officials made the announcement Wednesday after a final meeting between League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Patrick Kane himself.

Allegations of sexual offenses surfaced against Kane after he was said to have violated a woman who he met at a western New York bar. As the investigation moved forward, officials revealed little evidence of wrongdoing.

Ultimately, the case was not pushed forward to a grand jury and has since been dropped.

“The NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded,” a statement from an NHL official read.

Officials said they consider the case closed and will not comment further.

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