San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane was ejected from the team’s final preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights for an abuse of officials infraction.
The incident occurred at the 12:51 mark of the third period when Kane became involved in an altercation with Golden Knights defenceman Deryk Engelland. Linesman Kiel Murchison separated the two players and knocked Kane to the ice in the process, as the two got up, Kane appeared to shove Murchison in the chest.
Kane was assessed a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct on the play. Pending league review, Kane could face an automatic 10-game suspension under Rule 40.2, Physical Abuse of Officials. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports a decision is not expected before Tuesday.
After the game, Kane said there is a difference in the way he is treated compared to other players on the ice when it comes to scrums and gave his side of the incident with the linesman.
"I get kicked out of the game for getting jumped from behind by the referee," Kane said. "I've never seen a ref take five strides. If you look at his face he's getting all his power and he's trying to drive me into the ice, which is what he did. That's unbelievable. Talk about abuse of an official? How about abuse of a player? It's an absolute joke.
"I was just skating up the ice, whistle went, minding my own business and next thing you know I get driven into the ice by one of the officials, for doing nothing. I wasn't even engaged with one of their players. Explain that to me, how I get kicked out of the game for that? Baffling."
Engelland picked up a cross-checking minor and a misconduct.
Earlier in the game the 28-year-old also picked up a roughing minor and a fighting major for battles with Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov.
Kane finished the game with an assist and 27 minutes in penalties.