For Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane, a disappointing season has gotten a bit worse today. According to a report from CBC News, Kane is facing a lawsuit from a Vancouver man who alleges Kane assaulted him last year. While no criminal charges are expected to come from the case, this could still become an issue for the 22-year-old Kane.
In a notice of civil claim filed on March 28 with the B.C. Supreme Court, the man alleges that he was attacked by Kane while heading home from work on Aug. 10, 2013 near the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Street in Vancouver.
The man claims he suffered a concussion and various injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, ribs, left leg and heel as a result of the alleged incident.
The man is seeking unspecified damages as well as compensation for past and future health-care costs and legal costs.
The Winnipeg Jets confirmed that there is a pending lawsuit against Kane, but declined to comment further on the matter.
Despite showing improvements under new head coach Paul Maurice, the Jets are still on the outside looking in on the Western Conference playoff race with a record of 34-33-10. The franchise has not made the playoffs since 2006-07 as the Atlanta Thrashers, when they were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers.
After accumulating 57 points (30+27) with Winnipeg in 2011-12, Kane signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract extension, but has not fulfilled his promise as one of the team’s top scoring forwards. Kane had been the subject of trade rumors at the deadline this season, but Winnipeg did not trade a forward expected to be one of the franchise’s cornerstones moving forward.
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