Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane has suffered his first hit of the upcoming hockey season -- a court order garnishing his wages for refusing to pay a pair of outstanding traffic tickets. The Manitoba government took the unusual step of filing a Court of Queen's Bench motion in an attempt to recoup $650.80 in fines and costs from Kane a budding NHL superstar who signed a six-year $31.5-million contract earlier this summer. Court documents obtained by the Free Press show Kane 22 was charged under the Highway Traffic Act on June 4 2012 for "using a hand-operated electronic device while driving a motor vehicle." But the $249.80 ticket went unpaid leading Manitoba Public Insurance to place a hold on his licence along with a $40 surcharge. Kane was stopped again by police last Oct. 18 and charged with driving without a valid licence under the HTA. The fine for that offence was $311. The province appeared in court on their motion last Thursday and won a default judgment against Kane for all the outstanding monies plus $50 in costs. That means neither Kane nor a lawyer appeared on his behalf. The garnishment order was made in the name of the Winnipeg Jets hockey club according to court documents. Typically applications for garnishment are only made in cases where all attempts to contact the party and have them make payment have failed. Scott Brown the senior director of corporate communications for the Jets told the Free Press Wednesday they first became aware of the court order earlier in the day. "The issue has been dealt with. From my understanding it's paid and done with" Brown said from New York where he is attending NHL meetings with other team executives. Kane's agent Craig Oster did not return messages seeking comment about why his client would have allowed these tickets to lapse to the point where the government was forced to take legal action against him.
Jets’ Evander Kane fined for unpaid traffic tickets
Winnipeg Free Press | Sep 5