Police confirm investigation into Blackhawks' Patrick Kane

Corey McPherrin.

- A woman is reportedly accusing Chicago Blackhawks’ star Patrick Kane of rape. But police in Hamburg, New York officially confirmed the investigation during a news briefing Friday morning.

Less than two months after hoisting the cup as a Chicago hero, Kane finds himself at the center of a criminal investigation.

It all started Saturday night in his hometown of Buffalo, New York.

Buffalo News Crime Reporter Lou Michel, who broke the story, told FOX 32 by phone that Kane was seen out on the town and at a nightclub called Skybar well past midnight.

"He was at a number of different bars in downtown Buffalo. And at some point he ran into this young lady, and things went from there," Michel said.
    
Two police sources told the newspaper that Kane allegedly took the woman back to his $2 million dollar mansion on the shores of Lake Erie in nearby Hamburg.

Then, at some point on Sunday, the woman reported she had been sexually assaulted.

"A rape kit was performed on the young woman at an area hospital, and that takes four, five days to get the results back," Michel said.
     
The newspaper reports police obtained a search warrant. On Sunday night, several plainclothes officers went to Kane’s home and were seen by neighbors wearing gloves and taking pictures.

Kane’s lawyer, Paul Cambria, refused to comment.

"Well Paul Cambria is a very experienced attorney. He’s telling Patrick Kane right now not to speak to anybody," said criminal defense attorney Joe Lopez.

Lopez said it wouldn't be unusual for police to get a search warrant in such a high-profile case.

"Usually what they're looking for is evidence of liquor usage, they're looking for clothes, if there's any underwear or anything like that there, and other types of evidence that they want to use in their case. So it's very typical in a case like this that they will get a search warrant to go into the house and look at the scene. And sometimes they get stuff, and sometimes they don't get stuff," Lopez said.

The NHL says it is "following developments" of the police investigation involving Kane.

The Blackhawks said they are in the process of gathering information and declined further comment.

Hamburg Police confirmed an investigation Friday morning, although they would not comment further on the matter.

It is not yet known if police have questioned the 26-year-old Stanley Cup Champion.

The investigation comes after Chicago's third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Kane has been lauded in recent years for his growth after several off-the-ice incidents earlier in his career.

Kane was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo this weekend, but it's unclear whether that will happen.

Kane was playing at an MVP-caliber level last season before breaking his collarbone in February. But he returned in time for the playoffs, helping the Blackhawks win their third Cup in six seasons and his third since joining the team in 2007 after being selected by Chicago as the No. 1 overall in the NHL draft.

Kane, who turns 27 in November, helped Chicago return to the playoffs during the 2008-2009 season after a five-year drought. They lost in the conference finals to Detroit, but bounced back the next season to beat Philadelphia in six games in the Stanley Cup finals. The Blackhawks won it all again in 2013, with Kane earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

A member of the 2010 and '14 U.S. Olympic hockey teams, Kane has raised eyebrows with some of his off-ice behavior. He was arrested after an altercation with a cab driver in Buffalo in the summer of 2009. A few years later, photos posted on the Internet showed him partying in Madison, Wisconsin.

In an interview with The Associated Press before last year's Sochi Games, Kane said there were things he now knew that he didn't a few years earlier.

"How to work harder in the summer or take better care of yourself as far as eating and different things like that," Kane said. "Picking the right times to have fun with the guys and to make sure that when you're doing it, you're doing it right, and you're careful about the way you're going about it."

The alleged incident is not Kane's first run-in with the law. Back in 2009, Kane and his cousin were accused of assaulting a taxi cab driver in Buffalo. Both men pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

Kane's agent Pat Brisson's statement:

"As the Blackhawks indicated in their statement, they are gathering information and will be reviewing reports.  It would not be appropriate to provide further comment at this time."

Stay tuned to MyFOXChicago.com for updates on this story.

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