Police investigating alleged incident at Patrick Kane's house

ByKatie Strang ESPN logo
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hamburg (New York) Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed to reporters on Friday morning that his department is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at the home of Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane last weekend.

Wickett said his department is waiting on forensic results but does not currently have a time frame for new developments.

According to The Buffalo News, Kane is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that took place at his lakefront home in Hamburg.

The News also reported that a woman underwent treatment at a local hospital, where a rape kit was administered.

Kane, 26, will have his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday in Buffalo, as previously scheduled, a Blackhawks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN. Kane will not be attending any previously planned public events with the Cup, however. The team spokesperson said he will be spending the day privately with his family.

It is tradition that each player from the Stanley Cup Championship-winning team gets to spend one day with the Cup during the summer.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is responsible for overseeing the Cup while it's being hosted by players and team officials. Hall spokeswoman Kelly Masse referred questions to the Blackhawks, by saying they are responsible for scheduling each visit.

The Cup was already in the Buffalo area on Friday for a private function at the home of former coach Scotty Bowman, who serves as a Blackhawks senior adviser, and whose son Stan is the team's general manager.

This is not Kane's first brush with the law. Kane, who signed an eight-year, $84 million deal last summer, was arrested on assault charges against a cab driver in New York in 2009.Kane ultimately pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct, and he and his cousin were ordered to send an apology to the cab driver.

No charges have been filed against Kane in the current investigation.

High-profile Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. confirmed to ESPN.com via email that he will be representing Kane in this matter but declined to comment on the investigation at this time.

Cambria, of Buffalo-based legal firm Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, also represented Kane in his 2009 arrest.

ESPN.com Blackhawks reporter Scott Powers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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