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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Slava Voynov taken in by US Immigration, could face deportation

Slava Voynov

Slava Voynov could be facing serious discipline and even deportation after he was taken into custody by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Voynov had been in jail since July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He was taken from jail to a detention facility for US ICE, according to The Times. He is awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge, who can review his visa.

Voynov was arrested after beating up his wife. A police report states that Voynov hit his wife at a team party, and then proceeded to choke, kick and push her later at their home. She told police it was not the first time he had gotten physical with her.

Voynov signed a six-year, $25 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings two years ago, but he has been suspended without pay since his October arrest. Immigration judges generally take domestic violence issues very seriously, so Voynov’s future with the Kings and in the country is very much in question.

Tyler Seguin called out by former Maple Leafs CEO for throwing parties

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Tyler Seguin is, by all indications, a 23-year-old professional hockey player who likes to party. Does that make him the exception or the norm? Seguin certainly gets more attention for it than others, but is the attention warranted?

If you remember, the Boston Bruins reportedly traded Seguin two years ago because they were unhappy with his partying ways. On Tuesday morning, former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie indicated that Seguin’s neighbors in Yorkville, Toronto have become annoyed with him.

Seguin has gotten a lot of credit for maturing since he was traded to the Dallas Stars, but Peddie believes Tyler’s neighbors would tell you otherwise. Seguin’s mother has defended her son against rumors that he threw “reckless” parties in team hotels, but the timing of a certain rager in Cape Cod rubbed people the wrong way.

As Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy reminds us, the Maple Leafs traded the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft to Boston in exchange for Phil Kessel. There certainly could be some bias showing through from Peddie, who was still with Toronto at the time.

EA Sports NHL removes Patrick Kane from video game cover

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EA Sports announced on Wednesday that Patrick Kane will no longer appear on the NHL 16 video game as initially planned, and it’s all due to the sexual assault investigation he is facing.

Here is the statement issued by the video game company:

Kane, who returned from injury to help lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in six years, was set to appear on the cover along with teammate Jonathan Toews.

Now the cover will feature solely Toews.

Kane is being investigated for allegedly raping a woman at his home in Buffalo earlier this month. He has not yet been charged for any crimes, but EA Sports is trying to disassociate themselves with the Chicago star anyway.

Bar owner says woman was ‘hanging all over’ Patrick Kane

Patrick-Kane

Law enforcement officials are still investigating a recent incident involving Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, and all signs point to the investigation centering around rape allegations. That has not been confirmed by police, however.

The Buffalo News, which first reported that Kane has been accused of rape, provided some details about the alleged incident over the weekend that many believe were completely inappropriate. More specifically, people are outraged over the paper publishing comments from the owner of the club where Kane was spotted the night of the alleged encounter.

Mark Croce, the owner of SkyBar in Buffalo, told The Buffalo News that he witnessed a young woman “hanging all over” Kane and “being very forward, very flirtatious with him.” Croce admitted that he had no idea who the woman was or if she was the sexual assault accuser.

“It was almost like she stationed herself near him and was keeping other women away from him,” Croce said. “I noticed it and kind of laughed about it.”

Croce says the woman and a female friend then “followed” Kane and a couple of male friends out of the nightclub at around 3 a.m.

“I don’t know if this is the same woman who made the rape allegation against him,” he said. “I only know what I saw that night on my own premises. If you’re going to ask what happened between them after they left that night, how would I know?”

First of all, we haven’t the slightest idea if the woman who was supposedly “hanging all over” Kane at the bar is the same woman who allegedly accused him of rape. But we do know that the alleged victim reportedly had visible injuries on her when she went to the hospital to have a rape kit performed and was questioned by police.

Many believe The Buffalo News’ decision to publish Croce’s quotes sets a narrative of Kane being falsely accused, since there was a woman — we don’t know who — seemingly throwing herself at him inside the club.

Kane may have been falsely accused. That’s always a possibility. But if it turns out that he did do something wrong and the woman who accused him was the one who was flirting with him at the bar, that will be a bad look for both Croce and The Buffalo News. Flirting does not — and will never — justify sexual assault.

Report: Patrick Kane rape accuser had bite and scratch marks

Patrick-Kane

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has reportedly found himself at the center of a rape investigation. Law enforcement officials in Hamburg, N.Y., have confirmed that Kane has been questioned, though they would not comment on the nature of the investigation.

The Buffalo News first reported that Kane has been accused of rape, and some more details emerged on Sunday. The woman who accused Kane and later went to a hospital to have a rape kit performed allegedly had visible injuries on her body.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation said that the young woman who has accused the hockey superstar of rape had bite marks on her shoulders and a scratch on her leg after the alleged attack.

The woman alleges that Kane invited her and a female friend to his home for a private party after they met him last Saturday night at SkyBar, a popular nightclub on Franklin Street, the sources said.

Shortly after she and her friend arrived at Kane’s home on Old Lakeshore Road, the accuser alleges that she went by herself into another room, where Kane followed her, overpowered her and raped her, the sources said.

The woman left Kane’s home with her friend and used a cellphone to call a relative immediately after the alleged attack. She then went to a local hospital for examination, and police were called afterward, the sources said.

While the allegations are certainly disturbing, it’s important to remember that Kane has not been arrested or charged with any crime.

Kane, a Buffalo native who openly shared his thoughts on NHL groupies several years ago, was supposed to have his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown on Saturday. He has cancelled all public events.

Patrick Kane reportedly being investigated for rape

Patrick-Kane

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has reportedly been linked to a rape investigation.

According to WKBW in Buffalo, police are investigating an alleged incident involving Kane that took place at a bar in upstate New York last weekend. Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reports that the nature of the investigation — though not confirmed by law enforcement — involves rape.

Graham added that no charges have been filed against Kane, but there is a growing belief that the 26-year-old could turn himself in as early as Thursday. It’s unclear if Kane is a suspect or just wanted for questioning, but Graham clarified that his sources used the phrase “turn himself in.” That typically implies that charges are pending.

Law enforcement sources told The Buffalo News that a woman accused Kane of sexual assault and went to a local hospital to have a rape kit performed.

Kane, a native of Buffalo who openly shared his thoughts on NHL groupies several years ago, was scheduled to have his day with the Stanley Cup in Buffalo this weekend.

Ryan O’Reilly crashes truck into Tim Horton’s while driving impaired

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Earlier this month, Ryan O’Reilly signed a contract with the Sabres worth $52.5 million after being acquired in a trade from the Avalanche. On Monday, it was announced had been charged with driving a vehicle while impaired and leaving the scene of an accident.

Early Thursday morning, O’Reilly crashed the above pictured 1951 Chevy truck into a Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Lucan, Ontario. The 24-year-old posted the photo to his Instagram account on May 25 along with the caption “Got my new truck #heads”

According to Buffalo News, O’Reilly drove the vehicle for two more miles before leaving it and fleeing on foot. O’Reilly could face penalties that could include up to a maximum of six months in jail and a fine between $400 and $2,000. He could also have his driver’s license suspended for one year, if convicted. O’Reilly is scheduled to appear in court August 20.

Last season, O’Reilly played in 82 games for the Avalance, scoring 17 goals and recording 38 assists.

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