Allegations of sexual assault made by members of the 2018 Canadian Junior Team put the players in question to utter shame, some of whom quickly decided to conjure up their alibis to escape.
The story that the TSN network and the site The Athletic brought to light last week continues to tarnish the reputation of Hockey Canada, which reached an amicable agreement with the alleged victim.
The latter had initiated a process against the national federation, the Canadian League, and eight players about the attacks he allegedly suffered on June 19, 2018, on the sidelines of a gala held in London in honor of the winning team of the Hockey World Championship. . junior.
Likewise, the journalist Ken Campbell indicated this Monday on his Twitter account that five players of the champion team had indicated, through their respective agents, their non-participation in the alleged events that will also be the subject of an internal investigation by the League. National.
Among others, the defender Víctor Mete was in Cancun when the events were committed, according to his representative Darren Ferris.
Later, Kurt Overhardt, who defends the interests of fullback Cal Foote, mentioned to the same source that his client was not involved in any way in the story, as “necessary verifications” have shown.
Also, defenseman Dante Fabbro was sleeping at the time of the actions, according to his agent JP Barry. Finally, Jonah Gadjovich and Colorado Avalanche star Cale Makar were also not in attendance, according to the people who represent them; in Makar’s case, he would have cooperated in an investigation, according to the agent Brian Bartlett.
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Certainly, many have already started the “witch hunt” to try to identify the perpetrators of misdeeds, even if it all turns out to be a dangerous game.
People took note of the names of the 2018 Junior Team Canada squad that was managed by Dominique Ducharme, who was fired earlier this season by the Montreal Canadiens.
Only one Quebec hockey player played with the team during the tournament, namely Maxime Comtois of the Anaheim Ducks.
Other athletes known to fans include Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart, fullback Kale Clague, who has played a few games for the Habs this year, as well as forwards Dillon Dube, Robert Thomas, Drake Batherson, Alex Formenton, and Jordan Kyro.
If the involvement of duly identified players is proven, the consequences for their careers could be significant.
The scandals pile up
The hockey world has been rocked by some infamous cases lately, including Brad Aldrich, the former Chicago Blackhawks video manager who assaulted Kyle Beach during the 2009-2010 campaign.
Going back to the Justice Court file from 2018, a woman who is now 24 years old claimed to have been assaulted by the eight players, called “John Doe 1 through 8” in Ontario Superior Court documents.
One of the subjects would have stopped her in a bar and the lady would have consumed several glasses of alcohol. Later, she would have had sexual relations in a hotel room with the hockey player in question, except that he would have brought seven accomplices without the consent of the complainant, who would have been raped on several occasions according to The Athletic.
Plaintiff satisfied with the settlement
The victim sought $3.55 million from the defendants in past and future financial damages and for pain, suffering, and emotional stress as a result of the assault.
He would have chosen not to speak to the police or Hockey Canada’s independent investigator.
“The plaintiff is pleased with the outcome of the case and relieved to see that this lawsuit has been resolved, her attorney Robert Talach recently told TSN via email.
“She has nothing more to add and, following her will and conduct already expressed, she asks for respect for her privacy and does not wish to be identified.”
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