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Jets’ Kane says he was attacked by person suing him

Jun 12, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

Evander Kane AP

In case you’ve forgotten, Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane is being sued for an alleged assault that occurred in August 2013. Kane however says he wasn’t the person who instigated the situation.

According to the statement of defense Kane admitted to a British Columbia court, he says the plaintiff, Les Makievsky, was aggressively confrontational with him and led to the incident. Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press shares the story.

“When the defendant (Kane) attempted to walk away, the plaintiff (Makievsky) said ‘Let’s go’ and suggested the defendant should engage in a physical fight with him,” the statement of defense reads.

That would seem to be unwise to challenge a NHL player to a fight, especially a guy who has some highlight knockouts on his record.

Kane said he turned down the invitation to fight and kept walking. He then said Makievsky “charged” at him swinging his fists. Rather than get punched, Kane admitted to punching him three times in self defense. Kane then added Makievsky got up and took another swing at him before he pushed him to the ground and left the scene.

Kane had to provide a statement of defense in order to challenge the lawsuit. A hearing date hasn’t been set.

As for Makievsky, he said he was jumped by Kane. He’s suing Kane for physical damages suffered and to recover money from medical treatment.

  1. terrier92 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Well at least each get their day in court and the judge or jury will sort out. Not that athletes are perfect angles but they can be targeted by folks looking to score bucks. Interesting to see how it plays out. I do admit that Kane has special place on my hockey heart for ko on that puke Matt Cooke.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Matt Cooke will soon hoist the cup with the Wild

      • mikedoc315 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        yeah go ahead and hold your breath and wait for the wild to win.

      • strictlythedanks - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        and thats a fact

      • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        It will be a fact if and when it happens. The Wild have 5 playoff appearances in their short history. In only two of them have they advanced past the first round. In only one instance have they made the conference finals . That was 11 years ago and they were swept.

        The Wild have put together some interesting talent but it takes a LOT more than that to win the cup. NHL history is filled with teams that had a lot of potential and never made it to the Finals much less win the cup. The Sharks are only the most recent case in point.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Vancouver hockey fans attacking players from rival NHL teams?

    That would NEVER happen in Vancouver:

    Oh wait.

  3. cheggy1731 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Did the Vancouver fan try to bite Kane??

  4. bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    It will be a fact if and when it happens. The Wild have 5 playoff appearances in their short history. In only two of them have they advanced past the first round. In only one instance have they made the conference finals . That was 11 years ago and they were swept.

    The Wild have put together some interesting talent but it takes a LOT more than that to win the cup. NHL history is filled with teams that had a lot of potential and never made it to the Finals much less win the cup. The Sharks are only the most recent case in point.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      As a Minnesota sports fan I know how elusive a championship is (22 year drought). Just trying to play the devils advocate here , this isnt an article about cooke so when he was brought up I couldn’t resist but comment. Anyways I can only hope the wild aren’t the next sharks! although at least they are consistently good.

  5. charlieconway96 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    It’s far more believable that a drunk guy would try to fight an NHL player than it is for me to think an NHL player would get into something on the street.

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