Buffalo Sabres left winger Evander Kane is reportedly the subject of an ongoing sex offense investigation after an alleged incident Sunday morning.

"We have an investigation ongoing," a Buffalo police source told . "We are not naming the suspect, and we do not expect it to be resolved in the very near future."

Kane has not been charged with a crime, and there are currently no details on the scope of the allegations. On Monday, Kane responded to the allegations, via John Hickey of the Buffalo News:

This is the second time this year New York police have investigated a potential sexual assault involving an NHL player. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was the subject of an investigation that stretched into the 2015-16 season before police eventually determined there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

A source told the News that the police would not be naming Evander Kane's alleged victim publicly to avoid a similar circus-like atmosphere in this case.

The Sabres issued the following statement, via Michel and Graham: “We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously. We are gathering facts and have been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives. Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.”

It's unclear if Kane will continue to play while the police investigation is ongoing. He was not at practice Sunday with what the team described as a personal issue.

Appearing in 25 games this season, Kane has scored eight goals and tallied five assists. He spent his first six seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization.

 

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