Evander KANE is back in Winnipeg and eager to make news for his hockey exploits only.
And so the Jets winger has taken care of a pair of outstanding traffic 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 the MTS Iceplex. "I don't really remember what it was for. I just know there was an outstanding balance."
The Jets, as an organization, said they became aware of the unpaid tickets on Wednesday and less than a day later the issue had been handled. Both Kane and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff were made available to the media so that an explanation could be provided.
"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 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."
Kane has been in the spotlight for positive and negative reasons in the past since the team's arrival from Atlanta, where the Thrashers drew far less media attention than the Jets.
"It's obviously something that you don't want to be dealing with consistently," Kane said of the negative press and whether that affected his reputation. "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."
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