Edmonton Oilers left winger Evander Kane (born August 2, 1991) represents Canada at the highest level of professional ice hockey (NHL). Before joining the San Jose Sharks, he had time with the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and Atlanta Thrashers. A first-round selection by the Thrashers of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft: 4th overall
At the junior level, Kane was a Memorial Cup champion in 2007 and a Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy runner-up as the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) rookie of the year in 2008, as well as a member of the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2009. In 2008–09, Kane also set the Giants’ single-season goals record.
Throughout Kane’s hockey career, he has dealt with a number of legal and personal troubles. He’s been accused of betting on his own NHL games, assault, and domestic violence, to name just a few of his many problems. Along with providing a fraudulent COVID-19 immunization card and assaulting on-ice officials, he was also suspended for the other offenses listed above.
At the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2009 World Junior Championships, Kane won gold with Team Canada. In addition, he has represented the IIHF at four different World Championships, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane wants supporters to have an open mind when he joins the team.
Getting a contract from the Edmonton Oilers, Evander Kane understands that it won’t be well received by the team’s fans.
When he joins the Edmonton Oilers in January, he will be playing in his sixth NHL city, and his fourth team. From suspensions for COVID breaches, bankruptcies, and self-confessed gambling issues, there will be a lot of questions regarding his history The San Jose Sharks terminated his contract.
Though his ex-accusations wife of violence against him was never substantiated in court, they were the most high-profile of his career. It is Kane’s responsibility to raise the daughter of the ex-couple.
During a press conference at Rogers Place on Friday, the Oilers’ coaching staff and Kane formally introduced the winger. The Oilers have signed Kane to a one-year contract worth $750,000 in base money and another $625,000 in incentives.
In response to the question of what he’d say to Edmonton hockey fans who aren’t thrilled about his signing, Kane offered his thoughts.
Many of the stories being circulated about me are based on wrong and unfounded assumptions about who I am and what I have done, and I want to set the record straight on that. “[Fans] should be open-minded and let me do what I do best and get to know me on ice, office, around the rink, in the community and see what I bring to the table.
Since moving to the United States, I have worked in the community in every city I’ve lived in to help make it a better place.
It’s impossible to dismiss Kane’s illustrious hockey career. In 769 games, he’s scored 506 points. On the other hand, Kane is a media darling who consistently makes news for the wrong reasons.
He was suspended for 21 games by the NHL in 2021-22 for breaking COVID-19 regulations. According to an investigation conducted earlier this week, Kane “knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel,” but the league stated that there was not enough evidence to conclude that Kane “knowingly made misrepresentations.”
In 2021, Kane filed for bankruptcy, owing more than $26 million. However, he has publicly admitted to having a gambling problem and has been to therapy in order to deal with it.
Kane remarked, “I take full responsibility for my actions.” “But I’m not blaming myself for anything I didn’t do.
“Funny that people think of me like some child on the playground who will come in and disturb everything. I’m not. That’s not the case at all, unfortunately. To help my squad avoid making the same mistakes that I have, I try to share my knowledge and expertise with them. I’ve been in this league for a long time.”
They never report the facts with the same conviction and flare. They don’t dare want to mess up that narrative with actual due diligence or facts.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) December 2, 2021
‘He’s a very, very talented player’
After communicating with Kane through Zoom immediately after his expulsion from the Sharks, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland revealed that he began doing his homework after chatting with Kane via Zoom. Is Kane a good fit?
It was both inside and outside of the company that I spoke to,” said Holland. “It all boils down to chemistry. It is clear that he is an extremely skilled player who will help us improve as a team.”
It was during the Oilers’ trip to Vancouver earlier this week that Holland, coach Dave Tippett, and Kane had dinner together. Over the course of nearly three hours, they discussed a variety of topics.
After the dinner, Holland said, “I left with the impression that Evander would be a great complement to our hockey club.”
When the Oilers take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, Kane is scheduled to make his NHL debut.
After he and the Sharks parted ways, he said “quite a few organizations” expressed an interest in signing him.
With only a few remaining contenders, Kane said, “I had no choice but to make the best decision for me.” “Edmonton was certainly in the mix,” Kane added. “The more we talked, the deeper we got in the process. It became increasingly clear to me that this was the best fit for my situation.”