Lawyer of Patrick Kane's accuser says evidence bag opened, tampered with


Lawyer of Patrick Kane's accuser says evidence bag opened, tampered with

Thomas J. Eoannou, the lawyer of the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane rape investigation, said Wednesday that the rape kit evidence bag was tampered with and delivered anonymously to the accuser's mother's home.

Eoannou said in a press conference in Buffalo that he will be requesting an independent investigation into how the bag was obtained and who it was obtained by.

Eoannou said he's unsure the whereabouts of the physical evidence of the rape kit, which was performed at a local hospital after the night of Aug. 2, when Kane allegedly sexually assaulted the victim at his home in Hamburg, N.Y. after a night out drinking.

[WATCH: Eoannou's complete 14-minute press conference]

Kane still has not been charged with any crime and attended the start of Blackhawks training camp last week in South Bend, Ind. He played in the Blackhawks' preseason game Tuesday night against the Red Wings.

Kane released an initial statement on the first day of training camp, saying he was confident he would be "absolved" of any wrongdoing in the matter.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kane's attorney, Paul Cambria, downplayed the bag's significance, saying tests already showed there was no Kane DNA found below the accuser's waist.

[WATCH: Kane's attorney responds to allegations of evidence tampering]

The Hamburg Police released a statement on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon saying they'd "cooperate with any authorized investigation regarding the handling of evidence and the procedure of such."

The statement also said that "the Hamburg Police Department has documentaiton that unequivocally demonstrates that its handling of the evidence and the integrity of its chain of custody of evidence in this case is unassailable."

The story took another turn Wednesday afternoon when Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services John Glascott said in a statement that all evidence from the Kane investigation was in its original bag and accounted for.

“All evidence related to this case that was given to Erie County Central Police Services by the Town of Hamburg Police Department is accounted for and remains in its original packaging in the possession of Erie County Central Police Services,” Glascott said in a written statement. “This includes the evidence in the rape kit and the packaging itself. This evidence has been analyzed and reports of that analysis sent to the appropriate agencies.”

Stay with for more updates throughout the day.

SportingNews Top 50 NHL Prospects lists Boqvist at 10 and Kirby Dach at 13

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SportingNews Top 50 NHL Prospects lists Boqvist at 10 and Kirby Dach at 13

NHL draft analyst Steve Kournianos released his list for Top 50 players in NHL pipelines for the upcoming 2019-20 season. To the delight of Blackhawks fans everywhere, Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach were ranked at number 10 and 13 respectively.

Kournianos described 19-year-old defender Boqvist as a dominant rookie with 40 assists and 20 goals during his tenure with the London Knights. Fans speculate whether the Blackhawks will keep Boqvist on his junior squad for another year or pull him up to play with the American Hockey League Rockford Ice Hogs.

Kournianos said Dach was one of Team Canada’s top players at the World Junior Summer Showcase. The 18-year-old center is sure to be one of Canada’s main forwards during World Juniors and Dach has the flexibility to play anywhere in the Blackhawks lineup. Dach’s entry-level contract allows him up to nine NHL games this season, giving him the chance to return to the AHL or NHL after his junior season in the Western Hockey League is finished.

Both Boqvist and Dach are key player for the future of this team and it will interesting to watch the Hawks develop these younger players.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.

0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years

4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer

5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders

6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season

8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics

10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs

12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development

14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops

16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group

18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard

20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season

22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

Blackhawks Talk Podcast