Senior sports officials appearing before a government hearing are not limited to these borders, as Hockey Canada’s CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Governors said yesterday. were questioned by Canadian parliamentarians over a settled lawsuit from a woman who alleges she was gang raped by eight players who were part of a Hockey Canada golf outing, including some on the 2018 junior world team. The lawsuit named the eight players, as well as the Canadian Hockey League. (the governing body for junior hockey) and Hockey Canada. Hockey Canada ended up settling the lawsuit on behalf of the other groups of defendants, without even bothering to find out who the players were. Because Hockey Canada gets funding from the Canadian government, the hearing was based on finding out whether public funds were essentially used to pay hush money, but turned into a broader study of how Hockey Canada, and hockey in general, handle sexual assault To see it better overall, check out this story on The Athletic.
Of course, the executives of Hockey Canadam Renney, Scott Smith and Dave Andrews didn’t have many answers. They said there was an investigation by Hockey Canada within days of the incident, but the players were not required to cooperate and some did not. Which makes your entire code of conduct a farce, as pointed out to you. Smith also blurted out that Hockey Canada had received one or two allegations of sexual assault on players under its purview per year for the last five or six years, which is one or two per year too many. And he also makes you wonder how many they don’t find out about per year, and this kind of handling of situations wouldn’t make anyone more eager to report assaults.
There was, as always happens when officials are not fully equipped to deal with this sort of thing, some laughable if not so daunting nonsense. Smith, again, said that Hockey Canada was “probably behind” on educational matters thanks to the pandemic. The problem is that this incident took place two whole years before the pandemic.
And it seemed that the players involved were educated enough to cover their tracks, if you read the horrific and disgusting details of the case. They forced the victim to declare her sobriety on camera even though she was far from sober enough to give her consent, and forced her to shower afterward in a clear attempt to erase as much “evidence as possible.” ” they could. They knew where the exits were in this. These weren’t clueless kids taking things too far on a drunken night. This was calculated. It is about more than educational efforts.
As the story linked above by Ian Mendes, Dan Robson and Katie Strang details, the problems in youth hockey are deep and layered and will take real effort and time to eradicate, if anyone has the patience or the time. While high school and college settings for sports like football, basketball, and baseball haven’t exactly put an end to campus sexual assaults, a big problem for youth hockey is that the only social interaction have the teenage hockey players is in a hockey setting. around other hockey players, whether on the ice or in the locker room. They never see anyone else until it’s time to go to the bar. The number of players walking around with nothing more than a seventh grade education doesn’t help.
Hockey culture needs a cleanup in many areas, and most of it stems from its wholly insular nature. He’s not aware of social issues because he’s so inward-looking, which only produces coaches and executives later on who come from that education in the sport. Where are the ideas and checks going to come from?
Hockey Canada clearly thought it could solve all of this by settling this lawsuit at the first checkpoint, without an investigation containing any teeth. Don’t worry about the NHL containing more teeth either. But, if there’s any kind of silver lining, like the Blackhawks who thought the heads-in-the-sand approach would save them, these kinds of stinky things don’t stay hidden these days.
They can brag about education and programs all they want, but the only thing these kids have is their hockey careers (they don’t have an education to fall back on), and future youth players knowing their hockey career will be over is the The only thing that will make them pay attention to programs and guidelines that Hockey Canada wants to change to, or pretend to want to change while in the spotlight. They don’t know anything else. Getting these names and future ones out, and getting them out of hockey is the only way to get most hockey players to notice. It’s the only language they speak, depressing as it is. Hockey Canada stepping in at the earliest opportunity to cover everyone will only make each junior player feel more invincible than he already does. And that is the problem.