Evander Kane won’t face criminal charges following sexual assault investigation

Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After an investigation into Buffalo Sabres star Evander Kane’s conduct, Erie County’s District Attorney’s Office confirmed he will not be charged criminally.

Allegations of sexual assault surfaced against him and an investigation began in December into Kane’s conduct. The investigation made headlines when police impounded his vehicle.

Unlike an investigation into Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, the case has been quiet and officials have declined to answer many questions. On Friday, Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty’s office confirmed he will not face charges.

Buffalo Police conducted an investigation utilizing facts with forensic and toxicological testing. Officials said at no point in the investigation did they find any grounds to file criminal charges.

“The Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office take every investigation of possible sexual assault initiated as result of those protocols very seriously and utilize every available resource to conduct investigations into matters of that nature,” Flaherty’s office said in a release.

Flaherty spoke on the decision on Friday. Watch the entire video above.

Kane addressed reporters before Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes saying “I’m definitely happy that process is behind me and I’m grateful for the support I got from the Buffalo Sabres and my teammates and family members, as well”.

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