NEW YORK: The NHL has completed its independent review of a rape allegation against Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and on Thursday deemed it unfounded.
The league said the final stage of the review included a meeting between the 27-year-old Kane and commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday.
“Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded,” the league said in a statement.
“The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment,” the press release stated.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in November that Kane would not face rape charges because of a lack of credible evidence.
At the time, the accuser notified authorities she was no longer interested in cooperating with their investigation.
Sedita did not present the case to a grand jury.
“The totality of the credible evidence — the proof — does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane,” Sedita said at the time.
“This so-called ‘case’ is rife with reasonable doubt,” he added.
In September, the accuser’s attorney dropped the case when the accuser’s mother was found to have manufactured a story about an unopened rape kit at their home.
Kane, 26, was the top pick in the 2007 NHL draft. He leads the league with 89 points (38 goals, 51 assists) in 67 games this season.