the Canadian federation denies having tried to hide accusations of gang rape against several players

A 24-year-old woman accuses eight junior national team players of raping her in 2018.

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Canadian hockey is rocked by a case involving suspected rape in 2018. The director general of the federation, Tom Renney, spoke Monday, June 20 on the agreement concluded between the federation and a young woman aged 24 years. The latter accuses a group of eight players, including several members of the national junior team at the time, of gang rape.

After confirming the existence of an agreement, during a hearing before a parliamentary committee, Tom Renney declared that HockeyCanada informed the police of the sexual assault charges the day she became aware of them, the day after the events allegedly occurred.

Financial audit launched by the ministry

“Hockey Canada is aware of reports suggesting that we failed to investigate this incident, attempted to cover it up, and generally swept this matter under the rug.”testified Tom Renney. “Nothing could be further from the truth”he assured.

The director general of the federation clarified that at the request of the victim, neither she nor the eight players she accuses have been publicly identified. It was also claimed that Hockey Canada hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation, which has not been made public.

For her part, the Minister of Sports, Pascale St-Onge, has launched a financial audit of Hockey Canada to find out if “public funds were used to cover up this story of gang rape”. “I can assure you that no government funds were used in this settlement”said Tom Renney, explaining that the money came in particular from the sale of tickets.

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