The Canadian Hockey Federation announced Thursday that it will reopen its investigation into 2018 gang rape charges against members of the national junior team. The sports institution, in turmoil since revelations in the press in recent weeks, is suspected of having wanted to hide a gang rape committed by eight players in 2018.
All players will be required to participate in this survey, “led by an independent third partyon pain of being banned from all Hockey Canada activities and programs. The investigation will then be assigned to an independent arbitration tribunal, to determine the consequences including “lifetime ban from Hockey Canada activities. We hear your anger and disappointmentwrote Hockey Canada in an open letter to Canadians. “We know that our response has been relatively insufficient to the actions of some members of the 2018 National Junior Team, or even to end the culture of toxic behavior in hockey.“, recognizes the federation. “We are sincerely sorry.»
The federation also announced a series of measures, such as the establishment of an independent and confidential complaint mechanism or participation in mandatory training on sexual violence and consent. A financial agreement was reached last spring between the federation and a young woman, now 24, who accuses a group of eight players of gang rape, including several members of the national junior team at the time, after a Hockey Canada Foundation gala in 2018. In the wake of these allegations, the federation’s public funding was suspended by the government. Hockey Canada officials also had to explain themselves to a parliamentary commission.
At the end of June, the Minister of Sports, Pascale St-Onge, denounced the management of the affair “extremely disturbing and worrying“, believing that the federation perpetuates”the culture of silence“. According to the alleged victim, several players involved in this case have already played in the National Hockey League (NHL), the North American hockey championship, the most prestigious in the world. The NHL has launched its own investigation.