Hockey player suspended said dating girlfriend
The pair tied the knot in 2010 and became parents to son Isaiah in March 2015.Photo: © Getty Images star Candace Cameron has long been married to Valeri Bure, a former Russian ice hockey star who once played for the Montreal Canadiens.In the event Kane is formally arrested and charged with rape, Bettman could use his broad disciplinary powers set forth in Section 18-A.5 of the collective bargaining agreement and suspend Kane indefinitely with pay while the legal proceedings play out.Section 18-A.5 provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, “the League may suspend the Player pending the League’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League.” MORE: Worst crimes connected to athletes The NHL has made significant progress rebranding and remarketing itself after multiple work stoppages in the last decade; a rape investigation surrounding one of its star players would have dire consequences for the league’s improved reputation.In the months since, he has expressed no interest in negotiating a domestic violence and sexual assault policy with the NHL Players' Association; to the commissioner’s office, its current laissez-faire approach to discipline is working fine.MORE: Patrick Kane's career in photos | Allegations against Kane leave indelible stain Benefiting from its lack of popularity in the United States, the NHL has not endured the same public relations nightmare that has plagued other leagues following high-profile domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Last September, commissioner Gary Bettman took an active stance against domestic violence and sexual assault while speaking in Toronto.
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The Blackhawks could invoke a morals clause found in Article 2(e) of Kane’s Standard Player's Contract that states a player agrees “to conduct on and off the rink according to the highest standards of honesty, morality, fair play, and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey generally.” Absent any criminal charges, however, the Blackhawks can expect the Players' Association to file a grievance on Kane’s behalf to overturn any premature suspension or contract termination.
The Blackhawks’ most likely response, at least for the time being, will be inaction.
Bettman’s suspension lacked any teeth, as only one month after invoking the suspension, he granted salary cap relief to the Kings.