Police confirm investigation into Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane

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HAMBURG, NY. --  Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane has yet to comment or go out in public since the rape allegation shocked hockey fans less than 24 hours ago.

The 26-year-old  star returned to the Buffalo area where he grew up just after the Stanley Cup celebration here in Chicago less than two months ago.

Sources are telling The Buffalo News, a young local woman claims Kane took her to his waterfront home in Hamburg and raped her after they met at a nightclub Saturday night.

Police were seen at Kane's home looking for evidence on Sunday.

In a brief statement Friday, Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed the investigation:

"The Town of Hamburg Police Department is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at a residence of NHL player Patrick Kane last weekend. At this time, we are gathering information and awaiting forensic testing results. We will have no further comment on this investigation at this time."

The hockey superstar has been out in Buffalo often, with fans documenting much of it on Twitter.

Last weekend, one tweeted "Patrick Kane bought me a birthday shot last night."

Another tweeted, "Kane is bombed at the bar. Told me he was too bombed for a pic... So of course I snap chatted a pic of him anyway."

Kane's latest trouble follows recent praise for his maturity in the wake of his 2009 arrest in Buffalo after an altercation with a cab driver. He pleaded guilty in that case and the criminal charges were dropped.

The Blackhawks and Kane's agent issued statements saying they are still gathering information so they are offering no further comment.

The team issued a brief statement which was echoed by a spokesman for the NHL:

“We are aware of the matter and in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Kane’s agent, Pat Brisson also released a statement saying,

“As the Blackhawks indicated in their statement, they are gathering information and will be reviewing reports. It would not be appropriate to provide further comment at this time.”

Kane was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo Saturday as part of the championship celebration.

Legal observers say it could take weeks or even months for authorities to investigate and decide on filing a charge.

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