Sharks’ Evander Kane opens up about bankruptcy and career season in exclusive interview
San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane is enjoying a career year in his 12th NHL season, which began shortly after his Chapter 7 application in federal bankruptcy court became public. In an exclusive interview, the 29-year-old recounted Athletic that the timing of his escape is no coincidence.
âIt was something weighing on my back,â Kane said of the bankruptcy that went public. âYou kind of saw it with my game on the ice, maybe that was part of the motivation. … No one really knows what I had to deal with or what I had to deal with.
âHaving a lot of that taken off and taken off my plate, it allowed me to focus on hockey and finally really enjoy coming to the rink and getting on the ice with my teammates and playing hockey. game at a high level. It was nice for the first time in a long time. “
In his third full season with the Sharks, Kane leads the team in goals (22) and assists (27) in 55 games. In a normal 82-game season, he would be on track for 33 goals and 40 assists, both of which would score career highs.
âIt’s not the hardest year of my life,â Kane said. âNot by far. I took a lot of relief and the best I have felt in a long time. Yes, it’s been stressful dealing with a lot of bankruptcy. It’s really stressful.
“But it was a relief because I didn’t have to try to hide it anymore. I didn’t have to try to pretend. It was a big weight on my shoulders in a way.”
Read Kane’s full interview with Ryan S. Clark in the Go Deeper section below.