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Patrick Kane: ‘I am confident I will be absolved’

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – NHL star Patrick Kane spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since a rape allegation was made against him.

“I am confident I will be absolved, having done nothing wrong,” Kane said while addressing media a day before Chicago Blackhawks training camp was scheduled to begin at the University of Notre Dame.

Kane, who did not answer questions related to the accusation, also said, “I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, teammates, this incredible organization and our fans.”

Blackhawks team President John McDonough also addressed the media, saying, “We recognize Patrick Kane is dealing with a very serious situation. ... We have decided to have Patrick join us for training camp.”

A grand jury review of rape allegations against Kane was abruptly postponed Sept. 8.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III postponed the start of the grand jury review and declined to comment on the Kane matter.

“Grand jury proceedings are secret, and as I have said on many occasions, I neither confirm nor deny or even comment upon the existence or nonexistence of an investigation until such time as someone is charged with a crime,” Sedita said.

Kane’s attorney, Paul J. Cambria Jr., and the alleged victim’s attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou, have steadfastly declined to discuss the case.

No criminal charges have been filed against 26-year-old Kane, a South Buffalo native and one of the biggest stars in professional hockey. He has been accused by the young woman of sexually assaulting her in his lakeside Hamburg mansion after meeting her at Skybar in downtown Buffalo on Aug. 2. The woman has alleged that Kane overpowered her, raped her and left her with a scratched leg and bite marks on her shoulders. The woman went to the hospital and underwent tests from a rape examination kit.

Town of Hamburg police and the District Attorney’s Office have been working together in investigating the allegations.

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News Sports Reporter Mike Harrington contributed to this report.