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NHL to wait for Patrick Kane legal process to play out before making decisions

TORONTO — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will wait for the legal process to play out in the sexual assault investigation involving Patrick Kane before making any decisions about his future.

The Chicago Blackhawks star is under investigation by police in his hometown of Hamburg, N.Y., over an incident that occurred at his house.

He has not been charged.

Bettman says any decision on Kane will be made at the appropriate time.

According to The Associated Press, the Erie County District Attorney has postponed grand jury proceedings into the agllegation against Kane.

Evidence was scheduled to be presented to jurors on Tuesday but the hearings were postponed for about two weeks, a source told AP. The person, who spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity, did not provide a reason for the postponement.

Kane is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s at his off-season home outside of Buffalo, a second person familiar with the investigation told AP on the condition of anonymity because police have not revealed the nature of their investigation.

The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are scheduled to open training camp on Sept. 18.

— With files from The Associated Press

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