The NHL found no evidence to support the allegations against Ian Cole.
Cole had been suspended with pay by the Bolts.
Cole categorically denied the anonymous allegations made against him. I will have no further comments on this matter going forward, as I'm looking forward to rejoining my teammates.
Cole was accused of sexually abusing and grooming her as a minor by an anonymous user on the social networking site. Cole and Emily Smith had a relationship that lasted four years, according to the person who identified herself as "Emily Smith."
The NHL security and legal departments conducted the investigation. The NHL couldn't get in touch with the source of the account.
A detailed review of online and social media, public data and court records as well as law enforcement checks were done by the league.
Cole joined the Lightning as a free agent. According to sources, the NHLPA is concerned about the precedent of suspending a player based on anonymous allegations.