‘Shame on the sport’: IIHF Calls for Suspension of Hockey Canada – National

The International Ice Hockey Federation was asked to suspend Canadian Hockey as the uproar grows across the country sport agency’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.

In a letter dated October 5, the North American division of the World Association of Ice Hockey Players (WAIPU), said Canadian Hockey is violating IIHF laws, calling for immediate action by the international federation.

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“Considering the alarming events that have come to light globally since 3 May 2022, not limited to multiple sexual assaults over the decades and alleged embezzlement of funds from Canada’s trust fund, IIHF is required to act,” Sandra Slater, President of WAIPU North America, said in a letter shared with Global News Friday.

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WAIPU also emphasized that a new National Sports Organization (NSO) application will be received from Canada.

“We now urge the IIHF to act in accordance with the IIHF regulations. Canadian hockey has brought shame to the sport of hockey not only in Canada but globally.”

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Canadian hockey has come under intense scrutiny since this spring for its mishandling of sexual assault cases by players, including two alleged incidents from 2003 and 2018.

The disgraced national body has seen donors jump ships and three provincial organizations publicly speak out this week alone.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even floated the idea of ​​creating a new governing body for the sport.

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The organization was initially hit back in May when it was revealed an undisclosed settlement had been paid to a woman accused in a $3.55 million lawsuit that she had been assaulted. sex work by eight players – including members of the country’s world youth team – after a 2018 gala in London, Ont.

The allegations were not proven in court.

The federal government froze its funding soon after, while number of sponsors followed.

In recent days, Telus, Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, Scotiabank and Esso have all cut ties with Canadian Hockey for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold said they were “deeply concerned about the lack of judgment and professionalism of Canadian Hockey,” in a joint statement released Friday.

The mayors said they were looking for a “meaningful change” in the organization ahead of the world youth championships in their cities.

“As mayor, we discussed our growing concerns as the Hockey Canada situation unfolds and we believe accountability is paramount.” The statement said, noting further discussions will take place with fellow councilors and provincial hosting partners.

Hockey Alberta announced in a statement Friday morning that it will not withhold funding from the national body, however, senior communications manager Brad Lyon said this is not entirely out of the question. .

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said severing ties with the world children’s hockey event was also out of the question and he was “completely aligned” with Nova Scotia’s decision to oversee the response. of Hockey Canada for the pre-tournament controversy.

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The bad-head Canadian Hockey Summer continues with the revelation of a fund maintained in part by minor hockey subscription fees to pay for uninsured liabilities, including claims. father of abuse and sexual assault. Halifax police were also asked to investigate an allegation of sexual assault on members of the men’s team in 2003.

Canadian Hockey officials testified on Capitol Hill in July that the organization had paid out $7.6 million in nine settlements related to sexual assault and abuse cases since 1989. That figure does not include this year’s payment to the London plaintiff.

Hockey Canada has responded by releasing an action plan to address sports safety issues and has appointed former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to conduct a review of the governance.

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In a heated committee meeting on Tuesday, MPs Canadian Officials Hockey Reflexology for answers about the organization’s handling of sexual assault.

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Former president Michael Brind’Amour, who resigned in August, and his successor, interim president Andrea Skinner, were questioned during an appearance before the standing committee on Canadian heritage in Ottawa.

Both defended the national sports body’s handling of sexual abuse allegations from 2018, saying appropriate steps had been taken despite widespread criticism.

– with files from the Canadian Press.

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