The Canadian Hockey league was shocked & disturbed to learn that abuse of power was evident in multiple scenarios. One thousand four hundred young men were forced into harassment, bullying, physical abuse, mental abuse, and adult hazing. After internal investigations into claims made by former players in the CHL, it’s been released that hazing allegations were proven genuine in all three national leagues. The CHL comprises the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. PR Representatives with the CHL guaranteed that they’re committed to providing these men with safer & trustworthy environments.

Representatives with the Canadian Hockey League provided formal sentiments on this matter. It was remarked that the allegations & proof that came to light had disturbed CHL Executives. Trying to save some of their previous public image, the CHL stated that the modern era of their services isn’t similar to historic allegations made by former players. It doesn’t make these allegations any less accurate & undeserving of punishment. Multiple men were mentally abused & faced prolonged ridicule for residual effects.

When questioned on their thoughts behind the allegations, CHL Representatives noted that their advancements to improve player experience has unfolded over two decades. Comments bolstered that they’ve worked with the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Mental Health Association, and the RIS Group. Together these three organizations have worked towards increased education to CHL players, using specialized lessons targeted towards teenager to young adult audiences.

These educational lessons maintain that intolerant behaviour from coaching staff won’t be permitted in the Canadian Hockey League. This zero-tolerance stance has seen multiple coaches & players lose their opportunity at obtaining positions in the National Hockey League.

Safer Environments

The Canadian Hockey League confirmed that they’d do everything possible to ensure that allegations against Hazing are recreated in the current climate. Former CHL Players remarked their concern for younger competitors after the death of George Floyd & COVID-19, which has caused significant damage onto the mental capabilities on those that cannot stand being locked indoors. The current climate in North America targets intolerance, prompting the concern.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by two former Canadian Hockey League players. The lawsuit comes days after a player who used to play in the league with the Kitchener Rangers claimed he was forced as a rookie to do cocaine in the locker room. The lawsuit further claims that the two players, aged 15-17 at the time, were “routinely victims to hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.”

The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in Toronto by Garrett Taylor and Daniel Carcillo, is against the Canadian Hockey League, the Quebec League, the Ontario League and Western League. The allegations, which have not been proven in court, are disturbing and claim that players were forced to masturbate while being watched by coaches and teammates.

The suit includes allegations that players were forced to sexually assault their teammates along with being forced to digest fellow teammate’s feces, semen, urine and saliva. The suit furthermore claims that players had their genitals exposed to toxic liquids and irritants, that they were assaulted anally with various objects, and forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs.

Daniel Carcillo Played for Decade in NHL

Daniel Carcillo played in the OHL for four seasons with the Mississauga IceDogs and Sarnia Sting before embarking on a decade long career in the NHL. However, since retiring from the NHL, Carcillo has spoken out and advocated for players mental health and rights. Garrett Taylor played two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Western League before playing on the NHL for ten games.

In the statement of claim, Daniel Carcillo makes the allegation that he was subjected to “, “almost constant and repetitive abuse,” during the time he spent playing with the Sarnia Sting in 2002-2003. He alleges that team management knew of the abuse and did nothing to protect him or the other dozen rookies playing that year. The claim states that resultant on the abuse that Carcillo has been permanently traumatized has severe mental health issues that were present prior to the abuse and that those issues continue to the current day.

It should be noted that none of the allegations has been proven in court. In addition, neither of the leagues filed statements of defence.

The Black Lives Matter Movement has stricken nations worldwide, with athletes supporting change for systemic racism in professional sports. Nobody in the National Hockey League made public remarks regarding the death of George Floyd for days. It wasn’t until Brian Boyle from Boston voiced his public support for the movement, other NHL athletes began following his lead. It’s because Boyle has experience thirteen NHL seasons, which is nearly a record.

Brian Boyle debated on how this situation is best conversed with the public. Making sure it wouldn’t come of ignorantly towards the African American Community, the Florida Panthers Forward contacted J.T. Brown for advice. The two previous played with each other & garnered a notable friendship. Questions were asked by Boyle before sentiments were posted online. It’d take minutes for J.T. Brown to standby the remarks issued by Brian Boyle, avoiding any possible backlash. Both men now protest police brutality in the United States of America, Canada, and worldwide. It’d become evident that the two men were drastically affected by the death of George Floyd.

Reporters questioned Brian Boyle on his support, with the Panthers Forward noting that his public remarks wouldn’t have been issued without the approval of J.T. Brown. The NHL Veteran mentioned that he’s never experienced pain similar to the African American Community, which means that Brian can standby this movement but not claim he’s part of it.

The Protests

Four individuals in the Minneapolis Police Department were charged with the murdering of George Floyd. His death prompted riots throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and dozens of other nations. Sporting events that primarily compete with Caucasian players have received criticism for not employing more African Americans. The National hockey League was able to avoid this level of criticism, with the league having already grown out of systemic racism. Dozens of African Americans compete in the NHL today.

Brian Boyle finished his sentiments with reporters through Zoom by indicating everyone has to become involved with this movement. That under this permission, it won’t be their exclusive fight. Many believe that African Americans should be the only people allowed to protest for their safety.

March 12th had Canadians informed that all approved activities with “Hockey Canada” with be terminated effective immediately. Executives were forced into this decision after hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 were seen throughout Canada. Avoiding youth & young adults from possibly contracting this virus, the termination of sanctioned activities was required. Thirteen organizations were informed to cancel all planned venues, with that now being reverted amid a significantly lower number of confirmed infections.

Operating these sanctioned activities will be maintained under a new format. Each respective organization must abide by protocols listed with their regional health authorities. This will assist these individuals in determining the necessary steps to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19. Under these terms & conditions for reopening, Hockey Canada confirmed that the time when each organization resumes would differ.

Regions like Ontario are experiencing hundreds of confirmed infections of the coronavirus every day, with provinces like Manitoba seeing no new cases over the May 5th weekend. These differences in health conditions alternate what’s possible with these sanctioned activities. Contracted played with the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Northwestern Ontario, or Hockey Eastern Ontario will have to abide by social distancing measures. Hockey Manitoba can resume operations under standard means.

The thirteen organizations connected with Hockey Canada include:

  • Hockey Northwest Territories
  • Hockey Nova Scotia
  • Hockey New Brunswick
  • Hockey Eastern Ontario
  • Hockey Northwestern Ontario
  • Ontario Hockey Federation
  • Saskatchewan Hockey Association
  • British Columbia Hockey Association
  • Hockey Manitoba
  • Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Quebec
  • Hockey PEI
  • Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador

Coronavirus NHL Testing

Professional athletes in the National Hockey League are employed under these hockey organizations. This includes Hockey Alberta for the Calgary Flames & Edmonton Oilers, the Ontario Hockey Federation for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s & Ottawa Senators. Additional NHL Teams in Canada include the Montreal Canadians under Hockey Quebec and the Vancouver Canucks for the British Columbia Hockey Association. These organizations, alongside American associations, requested that the National Hockey League provide testing for the coronavirus on a per-match basis. It was announced on May 5th that an agreement was signed that enables this request to be met.

Canadians have often benefited from multiple programs associated with hockey. Most of these programs are local, with the majority being cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There was hope that similar measures wouldn’t be enforced with Hockey Canada but became inevitable after the virus is continuing to see increased infections across the country. September 1st will mark the date when Hockey Canada will restart their training programs for young adults. Throughout the summer months, training will be provided through virtual platforms like Zoom.

Multiple summer camps for hockey have been terminated, included two supported by Sobeys. This consists of the BFL Canada National Women’s U18 Camp, which extends towards the BFL Canada Women’s Development Team Camp. Women from the later transfer to the U18 series when progressing their talents.

The Program for Excellent Coaching has been terminated until September 1st, with a virtual format supported between May 25th to June 5th. Repeating this Camp during the fall will enable the Canadian youth to obtain enhanced training. Similar measures were imposed onto the Program of Excellent Goaltending Development Camp, which was slated to begin on June 9th until June 12th.

Additional cancellations apply towards the Canadian National U17 Development Camp, which would’ve taken place between July 19th to 25th. Taking both the virtual & in-person formats of this Camp is required, with these young men being future NHL Athletes. Cancellations in July extended towards the 27th to 31st with the Canadian National Junior Team SportChek Development Summer Camp. Expect both to resume in-person training by September 1st, under the condition that the Canadian Government enacts additional postponements.

Disappointment for Hockey Canada

The CEO of Hockey Canada expressed his notable disappointment towards this confirmation. Never before has this organization had to terminate their summer programs, causing sadness to thousands of children across Canada. He mentioned that by implementing a virtual format, some stresses for these children are avoided. Coaching staff with these various teams have been informed to prepare themselves for the new form, with Hockey Canada hoping it’ll benefit the mental & physical capabilities of these young athletes.

Details regarding the 2020 Rosters for these U18 Hockey Camps haven’t been released. These documents will become public information by Mid-June, allowing dedicated hockey fanatics to review the future athletes of tomorrow.