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EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from 'NHL 16' cover

Jonathan Toews will be featured alone on the cover of EA Sports' latest edition of the NHL franchise.

Patrick Kane will no longer appear on the cover of EA Sports' upcoming NHL 16 as a result of the ongoing investigation into an alleged crime that occurred at his offseason home, the company announced Wednesday. Kane had previously been revealed as a co-cover athlete for the game, which is set for a Sept. 15 release in North America, along with teammate Jonathan Toews.

Now Toews will appear on the cover by himself. The cover for the game has already been updated on the game's pre-order page:

Kane, who recently won his third Stanley Cup with Toews as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, was also on the cover of NHL 10. Toews was on the cover of NHL 11, so this will be the second time that the Chicago captain has been the individual cover athlete.

Here's the complete statement from EA:

"In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16.

He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover nor participate in other EA Sports NHL 16 promotional activities."

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was on the cover of last year's NHL 15.