Chair of Hockey Canada’s board of administrators resigns

The most recent growth in Hockey Canada controversy noticed Michael Brind’Amour step down Friday evening as chair of its board of administrators, efficient instantly.

“My ultimate time period ends in November 2022, and I do know that there isn’t any want to attend for a brand new period. Speedy motion is important to handle the necessary challenges dealing with our group and our sport,” Brind’Amour acknowledged via a Hockey Canada information launch.

Hockey Canada board of administrators and members will meet within the coming days to find out subsequent steps and to nominate an interim chair.

The subsequent board election is scheduled for the annual assembly in November.

In June, the group’s entry to public funds was frozen by the federal authorities over its response to an alleged sexual assault and subsequent out-of-court settlement.

A girl filed a $3.5-million lawsuit in April that stated in 2018, eight hockey gamers together with members of Canada’s world junior group sexually assaulted her. Hockey Canada reached a settlement with a younger girl the subsequent month.

The complainant says she has at all times absolutely co-operated with a police investigation into her case, regardless of Hockey Canada initially saying she did not.

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Not too long ago, retail large Canadian Tire and telecommunications firm Telus, amongst others, paused their Hockey Canada sponsorships.

And final month, Hockey Canada executives testified earlier than a Home of Commons committee Wednesday stated they’ve paid $8.9 million for sexual abuse settlements to 21 complainants since 1989 from the “Nationwide Fairness Fund,” which they stated is generated by membership charges and investments.

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“I’ve watched fastidiously and intently to the feedback of Canadians concerning the tradition of our sport and our group, and about our actions and management,” Brind’Amour stated in a press release. “I perceive that the actions now we have taken in current weeks are a part of the answer.

“I’m reassured that The Honorable Thomas Cromwell, CC, has agreed to guide a governance evaluate of our group that can assist us make the modifications which can be wanted. I’m assured the suggestions will information the group right into a way forward for desired change.”

On Friday, Canada’s 13 regional hockey federations introduced they’re threatening to withhold dues funds from Hockey Canada contemplating the group’s alleged mishandling of sexual assault allegations in 2018.

Led by Hockey Quebec, the organizations despatched a letter Thursday asking for an in depth motion plan and an “extraordinary” assembly by the tip of November to handle their issues.

The assertion of declare, which has not been confirmed in court docket, stated the hockey gamers introduced golf golf equipment to the lodge room to additional intimidate her, directed the lady to bathe after the sexual assault and instructed her to say she was sober whereas they videotaped a consent video.

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Robitaille appeared earlier than a standing Home of Commons committee inspecting allegations of sexual abuse within the sport. Robitaille stated authorized counsel for eight of the 9 gamers with whom she hasn’t spoken instructed her they’re involved about being pre-judged by Hockey Canada.

As first reported by the Globe and Mail earlier this week, the complainant’s lawyer Robert Talach launched a press release saying that his shopper was clear to police in June 2018 that she needed felony fees pursued.

Talach supplied a sequence of recent particulars concerning the case together with that his shopper spoke with a detective inside days of the alleged sexual assault sequence and had a bodily examination completed at a hospital.

His shopper additionally later gave her clothes to the police to look at and met with officers on two different events that summer season, Talach stated. After seven months, she was instructed the investigation was closed and no fees could be laid.

Following an eruption of public outrage, London’s police chief just lately introduced it could conduct an inside evaluate to “decide what, if any, further investigative avenues exist.”

Talach stated his regulation agency arrange a polygraph take a look at for the lady and that she handed. The outcomes have since been supplied to police and Hockey Canada’s investigators and the NHL, which in Might launched its personal investigation.

Talach confirmed his shopper won’t be sitting down for an interview with Hockey Canada or the NHL’s investigators as a result of she’s already supplied an eight-page assertion, 5 pages of images and 4.5 pages of textual content messages.