Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is under investigation for rape by Hamburg, New York police. The Buffalo News reported Wednesday a local woman has accused Kane of a sexual assault that allegedly took place over the weekend.
Kane grew up in South Buffalo and has a home in Hamburg, located less than 14 miles from Buffalo, but has not been charged with a crime. The Buffalo News also reports local police asked a second law enforcement agency to help with the investigation.
Both the NHL and the Blackhawks, in separate statements, said they are aware of the investigation and following the developments. The Blackhawks also declined to comment any further.
Kane, 26, is only two months removed from helping the Blackhawks win their third Stanley Cup title in the last six seasons. The right wing led the team with 23 points and 11 goals during the postseason, and last summer he agreed to an eight-year, $84-million contract extension with the team that goes into effect next season.
The four-time All-Star has faced a police investigation before. In 2009, also in the Buffalo area, Kane and his cousin were accused of assaulting a taxi driver over a fare dispute. Afterwards, Kane was eventually charged and pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct, and had to apologize to the driver.