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SAN JOSE – The Sharks on Wednesday remained mum about a potential return for Evander Kane, who, according to a recent report, could resume his NHL career after he serves what could be a suspension handed down soon by the league.

The NHL, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet radio in Toronto, is leaning toward suspending Kane for off-ice conduct.

But, per Kypreos, the Sharks forward would be free to play again after sits out a set number of games.

Kane has stayed away from the Sharks throughout training camp and now into the regular season as the NHL proceeded with two investigations into the forward’s past behavior, including one centered around the possible use of a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

The Sharks on Monday designated Kane as a non-roster player “pending completion of the NHL’s investigation.”

Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, said this week that he expects the NHL’s investigation into Kane to conclude “soon.”

The Sharks as of now have a roster of 22 players and play their first regular-season game on Saturday at home against the Winnipeg Jets.

As the Kane saga continued, the Sharks have said they’ve tried to tune out the chatter. Coach Bob Boughner has had meetings small groups of players and conversations with general manager Doug Wilson, but otherwise, they’ve tried to focus on what they can control.

“We’ve sort of kept that as a small thing that we can’t think about right now, and we didn’t want any distractions,” Boughner said. “We had so much work to do and everything was so fresh. That part of it took care of itself.

“We’re sitting here today, and no one knows anything, more or less, what’s going to happen. I think the guys are in a good spot, though. They’ve done their job, they’ve worked hard, had a good camp and let the rest take care of itself.”

Kane would be disciplined under section 18-A of the league’s and the NHL Players’ Association’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which deals with off-ice conduct.

The section says whenever NHL commissioner Gary Bettman determines a player has violated an off-ice league rule, or has been or is guilty of conduct “that is detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey,” he may discipline the player in a number of ways.

That includes expelling or suspending the player for a definite or indefinite period, canceling that players’ contract or imposing a fine. Although it remains unclear how long a suspension might last, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the discipline coming from the NHL likely would not involve voiding his contract.

Asked if Kane has to earn back the trust of the Sharks if he were to be eligible to return after a suspension, captain Logan Couture said, “I’m not sure what’s going to happen, so I’m not going to comment. I don’t know what’s going to come of this investigation, so I’ll leave it at that.”

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Kane was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season with 22 goals and 49 points in 56 games and would likely occupy a spot inside the Sharks’ top-six forward group if he was with the team.

Right now, the Sharks have Couture on the top line with winger Jonathan Dahlen and Timo Meier, and Tomas Hertl is centering the second line with Rudolfs Balcers and rookie William Eklund.

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Prince Charles gushes he’s ‘proud’ of son William for environment campaign – days after Harry anti-mining plea

PRINCE Charles has praised Prince William ahead of his first awards ceremony for his environmental prize.

The Prince of Wales gushed that he was “proud” of his son, just days after Prince Harry made an anti-mining plea.

5Prince Charles has gushed over how "proud" he is of son WilliamCredit: The Duchess of Cambridge 5His awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize will take place later todayCredit: The Royal Foundation

William and the Duchess of Cambridge will join a host of famous faces for the inaugural awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize later today.

The Duke of Cambridge will call for society to "unite in repairing our planet" at the first awards ceremony for his environmental prize.

He launched his ambitious prize to find solutions to the planet's environmental problems and overcome the pessimism felt by many on its future.

Speaking ahead of the Earthshot ceremony, Charles said: "I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.

"As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.

"Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.

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"In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilise the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy on to a more sustainable trajectory.

"Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and planet."

Earlier this week Prince Harry begged mining firms to stop “pillaging” his African “sanctuary” for oil.

He called for the world to “stand with us”, and said that the Okavango watershed in southern Africa is "at risk" due to "corporate oil drilling" in a rare op-ed for the Washington Post.

The Prince - who was just unveiled as an impact partner for “ethical” investment group Ethic - said he and Meghan "found sanctuary and inspiration in the Okavango".

Harry whisked the then future-Duchess of Sussex away to the Meno A Kwena safari camp in August 2017 in the heart of Botswana on one of their early dates.

Her Majesty also weighed in on climate change, suggesting that world leaders are “irritating” when hey “talk but don’t do”.

'WORLD'S GREATEST BRAINS'

Earthshot judges include broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and singer Shakira.

The stars will walk the green carpet at the event being staged at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI will perform during the ceremony, and actors Dame Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo, and Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah, will be handing out the awards.

The ceremony comes ahead of the Cop26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow in a few weeks - which the Queen, the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will attend.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, William criticised space tourism, saying: "We need some of the world's greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live."

William's Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind's technological achievements.

It features five categories, or Earthshots - Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate - which organisers say if achieved by 2030 would improve life for all.

Every year from 2021 until the end of the decade, winners of the five Earthshots will each receive £1 million to develop their projects.

5Prince Harry begged mining firms to stop pillaging oilCredit: Getty - Contributor 5The Queen also weighed in on the climate crisis in Wales earlier this weekCredit: AFP 5The stars will walk the green carpet at the event being staged at Alexandra Palace in north LondonCredit: AP:Associated Press Prince William says Prince George went litter picking and was confused as to why same route he helped clear had rubbish the very next day

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