The National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it had suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for violating its COVID-19 protocols by turning in a fake vaccination card. According to the professional ice hockey league’s social media post on Monday, the 30-year old forward will not play for 21 games. In addition, the said no-pay suspension is also slated to last until the end of November.
Hockey pundits relate that Kane will be forfeiting about $1.79 million in earnings for his “lack of compliance” and “violation” of the league’s COVID-19 measures. It is also reported that the Vancouver native’s Sharks teammates are not that excited to play with him again on the ice.
The Sharks forward recently issued an apology directed at the San Jose Sharks organization, teammates, and fans through the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). “I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for,” Kane said. “During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counselling to help me make better decisions in the future.”
The 30-year old ice hockey professional added that he plans to return to the ice with great effort, determination, and love for the game of hockey “when his suspension is over.”
On a related note, this is not the first time Kane got in the news because of an embarrassing situation. The embattled forward was involved in a very public marital spat where his wife accused him of domestic abuse. The hockey pro was also investigated for allegedly “gambling” on league games but was announced to be off the hook on September 22.