The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced it will launch an investigation into claims that San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane placed wagers on NHL games.
The allegations were made by Kane’s wife, who alleged via an Instagram post that the 30-year old left wing is “obviously throwing games to win money”.
An NHL statement said: “The League was made aware this evening of a post on social media alleging that San Jose Sharks Player Evander Kane bet on NHL games. The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.
“We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
Kane has categorically denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the accusations made are false.
Through a statement posted on his Twitter account, Kane said: “I have never gambled on hockey, never gambled on a Sharks game, never gambled on any of my games and never thrown a hockey game.
“I love the game of hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to co-operating fully with the league’s investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season.”