The NHL will investigate San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, the league announced Saturday, after the appearance of Instagram posts alleging that he had gambled on his own games.

Kane denied the allegation, which was made on an account purportedly belonging to his wife, Anna.

“I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game,” Kane tweeted. “The facts are I personally had my best season of the my career last year and was the most consistent I’ve been throughout any season, I’m proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating fully with the league’s investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season.”

The account linked to Anna Kane posted Saturday about Kane’s alleged gambling addiction. “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money?” the post said. “Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.” And the account added: “Can someone ask [Commissioner] Gary Bettman how they can let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”

In a statement, the NHL said it would investigate. “The integrity of our game is paramount,” it said in a statement, “and the league takes these allegations very seriously. We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”

The team said it had been in contact with the league and added in a statement that it supports “a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”

Kane filed for federal Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California in January, at least temporarily prohibiting his creditors from collecting on their debts. In that filing, Kane claimed $1.5 million in gambling losses over the previous year.

In November 2020, a Las Vegas casino sued Kane, alleging that he had failed to pay back $500,000 in unpaid casino markers he obtained the previous April. The casino later dropped that lawsuit.

Kane, 29, signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Sharks in 2018. He had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games for the Sharks this past season.

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