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.