Patrick Kane’s name wasn’t mentioned specifically, but Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews responded to a question asked on a Winnipeg radio station Thursday about a “situation that has been developing regarding one of your star teammates.”
Kane has been accusing of sexually assaulting a woman at his Hamburg home last month. Police in the town of Hamburg and Erie County prosecutors are investigating.
Toews was being interviewed on TSN 1290 Radio in Winnipeg when this exchange occurred:
Host: “Jonathan, I do want to ask you one question about being the captain of the Blackhawks. Obviously, most people are aware of a situation that has been developing regarding one of your star teammates. Obviously, I won’t ask you to comment on anything like that, but when something like that happens during the offseason does your focus as far as dealing with your teammates as well as the media change going into training camp as the captain of the team?”
Toews responded: “I think you just have to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time. For the time being, you stay together as a team. You support your teammate ... uh, teammate, teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. You know, we saw it last year with some rumors that spread around through social media about several guys in the locker room.
“It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that and eventually you deal with it internally and you stay together as a team and your confidence as individuals and as a group that everyone kind of stays together.
“At the end of the day we always say to each other that what is said and what is done within the locker room is the only thing that matters. We don’t let anything going on on the outside affect the way we do our jobs and the way we come to work together as a team. Again, I get a lot of credit because I have the ‘C’ on my sweater, but I think we have a great group of guys who understand what it takes to be a leader, what it takes to be a part of a good team. Clearly, it’s more than just what happens on the ice.”
Deportation for Voynov?
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after his release from jail in a domestic violence case and faces the possibility of deportation.
Voynov was released from the Seal Beach Police Detention Center in California on July 7 after serving time as part of a no-contest plea on misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Russian native was then taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has been held at a detention facility while awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge.
Because Voynov’s case involved violence, no bond was set. The immigration judge is expected to review Voynov’s visa status, which could determine whether he will be able to remain in the United States to play in the National Hockey League.
Pens price: $750 million
Co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are seeking $750 million for the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to a report by TSN.
That would be a record sale price for a U.S. NHL team, sports economist Drew Dorweiler told TSN.
Forbes magazine valued the Penguins at $565 million last year. Lemieux, Burkle and a group of minority owners bought the franchise for $107 million out of bankruptcy in 1999.