Sharks’ Kane criticizes NHL Player Safety after three-game suspension

Watch as Evander Kane is given 2 minutes for a dangerous hit to the head of Neal Pionk.

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane was critical of the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday after it suspended him three games for an elbowing incident that took place a day earlier.

Kane was suspended after hitting Winnipeg Jets defenceman Neal Pionk with an elbow at 13:17 of the third period of Friday night’s San Jose victory in Winnipeg. He was given a two-minute minor for elbowing at the time of the incident.

In a statement, Kane says the NHL Department of Player Safety’s system is “flawed.”

The fact the NHL Department of Player Safety headed by George Parros continue to pick and choose, who and what they suspend is ridiculous! There have been countless incidents of the same nature through this season and past seasons that have gone unsuspended or fined. No one person can tell you what is or isn’t a suspension in today’s game, it’s become a complete guess. There is a major lack of consistency with NHL Department of Player Safety. A completely FLAWED system in so many ways. From the suspensions to appeal rights, it’s baffling to me how we as players agreed to this. You can’t continue to give some players a pass and throw the book at others. There has to be a outside third party making these decisions to remove the bias that transpires in this department headed by George Parros. None of it makes any sense.Evander Kane on Twitter

Kane also pointed to a pair of incidents on Twitter which had not been deemed as suspension-worthy by the Department of Player Safety: Zdeno Chara’s cross-check on Brendan Gallagher, for which the Bruins captain received a $5,000 fine, and a Lawson Crouse hit on Charlie McAvoy, a play that earned Crouse a two-minute minor but neither a fine or a suspension.

The latest ban is Kane’s second of the season, as the 28-year-old missed the first three contests of the campaign as punishment for the abuse of an official. In his NHL career, Kane has missed a total of nine regular-season games due to suspension.

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