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Blackhawks forward Kane will not face charges

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will not face charges for an incident at his house in Hamburg, N.Y., in August.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a statement Thursday: "The totality of the credible evidence -- the proof -- does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant's allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called 'case' is rife with reasonable doubt. Accordingly the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury."

"I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong," Kane said in a statement released by the Blackhawks. "I have respected the legal process and I am glad that this matter has now been closed and I will have nothing further to say going forward."

The Blackhawks organization in a statement said: "We respect the announcement today by the Erie County (N.Y.) District Attorney regarding Patrick Kane. The Chicago Blackhawks organization has taken this matter very seriously and has tried to navigate a very sensitive situation while continually respecting the legal proceedings. At this time we will have no further comment."

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said: "In light of the statement issued today by the Erie County District Attorney's Office, as an internal League matter, we intend to promptly review the information that may now be available to us. We will have no further comment until we have completed that review."

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