HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Police in Buffalo, New York confirmed Friday they’re investigating an incident at the home of Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane. Buffalo media are reporting Kane is being accused of rape and that the accuser is a woman he met last weekend.
The Blackhawks have remained tight lipped and have offered no details.
Kane has not made any statements of any kind.
At the brief press conference Friday afternoon, Chief Greg Wickett of the Hamburg Police Dept said, “The Town of Hamburg Police Dept is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at the residence of NHL player Patrick Kane last weekend. At this time, we are gathering information and awaiting forensic results. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Media reports from New York said investigators descended on Kane’s 6,000 square foot Lake Erie mansion Sunday and at least one wearing gloves and taking pictures.
The Buffalo News reported the 26-year-old had been accused of sexual assault by a woman he’d met the night before and that tests using a rape kit had been performed at a local hospital.
Social media tracked Kane Saturday night. He was seen at Sky Bar in downtown Buffalo. A photo posted to the bar’s Facebook page, showing him with the bar’s managers, was taken down after the allegations came to light.
A native of south Buffalo, Kane’s parents still live in town.
An incredibly talented athlete with a party-boy reputation, Kane’s been in trouble before and has vowed to clean up his act. In 2009, he was accused of assault by a Buffalo cabbie and pleaded guilty to a non-criminal offense. A key part of Chicago’s Stanley Cup winning dynasty, he’s a legend at home, considered perhaps the greatest athlete ever produced by Buffalo.
This weekend was to be Kane’s turn with the Stanley Cup.