Evander Kane said he is back in Winnipeg to make news for his hockey exploits, not unpaid traffic tickets.
And so the Jets winger said Thursday he has taken care of a pair of outstanding tickets after the Manitoba government filed a Court of Queen’s Bench motion to garnishee his wages in an attempt to recoup $650.80 in fines and costs. The tickets came after Kane was charged on June 4, 2012 for "using a hand-operated electronic device while driving a motor vehicle." That $249.80 ticket went unpaid, leading Manitoba Public Insurance to put a hold on his licence.
Kane was stopped again by police last Oct. 18 and charged with driving without a valid licence and fined $311.
"It’s something I thought I had taken care of before. It came a bit of a surprise, but it’s rectified and taken care of now," said Kane Thursday after an informal skate with some of his Jets teammates at MTS Iceplex. "I don’t really remember what it was for. I just know there was an outstanding balance. On that subject (driving while texting) obviously it’s very dangerous and I don’t recommend it to anybody."
Asked if he was worried he was developing a reputation for some of his off-ice behaviour, Kane added: "It’s obviously something that you don’t want to be dealing with consistently. But… you play in a Canadian market and people are going to find anything to talk about or write about and the next thing you know it’s front-page news.
"I’m moving forward, I’m moving on. It’s not something I’m going to dwell on or think about. I’m here for the hockey season and that’s what I’m going to do."
The Jets said they became aware of the unpaid tickets on Wednesday.
"Everybody has a personal life and different things happen in their personal lives but from what I understand it’s been taken care of and it’s complete," said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
"These kind of things, certainly when you’re in the public spotlight they get brought to light. As citizens of the community we all have a responsibility to make sure we take care of different things. It’s something that has been dealt with and certainly we’re ready to move forward with it and he is as well."