Broke Evander Kane will have to sit out games

Broke: Evander Kane will have to sit out games

Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane will miss Wednesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a personal bankruptcy.

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The 31-year-old is scheduled to appear in court in San Jose for seven days between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, according to The Athletic reporter Daniel Kaplan. It should also be his turn against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Recall that Kane filed for $26 million, or about CA$33 million, in bankruptcy in January 2021. According to documents filed by the California bankruptcy court at the time, this was intended to protect more than 47 identified creditors.

In addition to his setbacks, the Vancouver native also had serious gambling problems: a Las Vegas casino, the Cosmopolitan, had sued him for debt. He reportedly lost nearly $1.5 million at the casino.

He is also the subject of a $15 million lawsuit from a financial institution from which he borrowed $1.5 million in March 2019 without repaying any amount.

In 2022, Kane signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract with the Oilers. His previous seven-year, $49 million contract was terminated by the San Jose Sharks early last year.

The Californian team had released the player after a 2021 marked by controversy. Among other things, he was suspended from the National League for violating COVID-19 protocol and sports betting allegations against his own team.