Hockey Alberta announced in a statement Friday morning that it will not be withholding funding from Canadian Hockey as the national agency continues to face criticism for its handling of sexual assault allegations.
However, senior communications manager Brad Lyon said that withholding the funds was not entirely out of the question.
“The Alberta Hockey has asked Hockey Canada to take certain actions and provide an answer by a specific deadline,” Lyon said.
“We have outlined that a lack of action could result in Hockey Alberta taking other actions, including, but not limited to, withholding participation fees.”
Alberta Hockey remains silent as parents, advocates call for change
On Wednesday, Hockey Quebec announced it would no longer send a $3 participant assessment fee to Hockey Canada for the upcoming season, prompting parents and players in other provinces to ask their organization if they would do the same. so no.
In the neighboring province, Hockey Saskatchewan rejects the idea that Hockey Canada has a “sloping” fund.
“There have been media reports alleging that Hockey Canada has a second secret fund,” Hockey Saskatchewan said in his statement. “I want to assure the members of Hockey Saskatchewan that there is no such thing as ‘stealing’ funds.”
Hockey Manitoba said it supported the change in leadership at Hockey Canada and called for a review of the Canadian Hockey Action Plan to include consultations from experts in education, awareness raising and violence prevention. sexual violence, abuse, bullying and discrimination.
Meanwhile, Hockey Nova Scotia and Ontario have suspended the transfer of participant assessment fees to Hockey Canada.
In Alberta, the registration fee is collected by Hockey Edmonton and Hockey Calgary respectively, with $23 for each registration going to Hockey Alberta, a percentage then going to Hockey Canada.
Dan Mason, a professor in the department of kinesiology, sport and recreation at the University of Alberta, says the fan connection many Canadians have with the sport of hockey has fueled the controversy. than.
“People have this investment in the game of hockey, so they see Hockey Canada as not only an administrative organization but an organization that oversees this, an important part of this,” says Mason. everyone’s life.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why people are so outraged and why this animosity is directed at Canadian Hockey specifically, because there’s a kind of management problem there. People feel that Canadian Hockey must guide the sport, not just the athletes playing in it. “
Hockey Alberta did not make it clear what actions they want Hockey Canada to take, the questions they expect answers to, or the deadlines they want. Lyon said Hockey Alberta had no further comment on the matter.
No word from Hockey Alberta or Hockey Calgary on the future of the Canadian Hockey relationship
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