Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed Friday morning that the department is investigating an alleged incident that occurred at the home of Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane last weekend.
"At this time, we are gathering information and awaiting forensic testing results," Wickett said in a brief statement. "We will have no further comment on this investigation at this time."
Wickett did not take questions from the media, and did not offer a time frame for an update on the situation.
The Buffalo News reported Thursday that Kane was the subject of an ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed against Kane.
UPDATE: Per tweets from Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham, Kane will no longer visit sick children in a Buffalo hospital as part of his day with the Stanley Cup. Graham also tweeted that Kane will still have his day with the Cup on Saturday (8/8, in honor of his jersey number) but it will be held in private.
UPDATE: Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz spent his day with the Stanley Cup in Winnetka on Sunday, and provided a brief comment to the Chicago Tribune on the investigation involving Kane: "We're disappointed but hopeful. Beyond that, it would not be appropriate to expound upon."
One day after finalizing the protocols for Phases 3 and 4, the NHL and NHL Players' Association announced Monday that they have reached a tentative agreement on the Return to Play plan and Collective Bargaining Agreement extension that runs through the 2025-26 season and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar.
The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors as well as the NHLPA's Executive Board followed by the league-wide NHLPA membership vote, which means the process could take roughly three-to-five days to finalize. Until then, it's only unofficially official.
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The NHL released three key dates in advance of the Return to Play plan and CBA ratification:
- July 13 — Formal training camps open
- July 26 — Teams travel to hub cities
- Aug. 1 — Start of qualifying round
If all goes as planned, Blackhawks training camp will open at Fifth Third Arena exactly one week from Monday before the team heads to Edmonton, where they will take on the Oilers in a five-game play-in series.
On Monday, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated with teammates at the Hawks' practice facility for the first time since the NHL paused on March 11.
Teams have been allowed to hold small, voluntary group workouts since June 8 in accordance with the NHL's Return To Play plan. Blackhawks players first started showing up at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago on June 10.
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Patrick Kane and goalie Malcolm Subban, who have been regularly participating in the on and off-ice workouts since they began, were also on the ice with Toews Monday.
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Training camps are scheduled to start on July 13 for teams competing in the NHL's 24-team playoffs held in Edmonton and Toronto, the two hub cities.
The postseason, which has the Hawks facing the Oilers in a best-of-5 play-in series is slated to begin August 1.