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Hockey Canada: parents of players forced to have difficult conversations

He turned to his wife to speak about the allegations when his daughter asked him what they were talking about.

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The Perriers had stopped at a restaurant between Gatineau and Sudbury for their daughter’s hockey tournament. Knowing Hockey Canada, she understood it was about the sport she loves.

: “Ces gars-là, ils ont fait de mauvaises choses à cette fille. Et ceux qui devaient aider la fille, au lieu de le faire, ils lui ont donné de l’argent et lui ont dit de se taire.” C’est à peu près comme ça que je lui ai expliqué. Je ne sais pas si j’ai bien fait. Mais je ne connais pas de meilleur moyen d’expliquer une situation comme celle-là.”,”text”:”Je lui ai dit: “Ces gars-là, ils ont fait de mauvaises choses à cette fille. Et ceux qui devaient aider la fille, au lieu de le faire, ils lui ont donné de l’argent et lui ont dit de se taire.” C’est à peu près comme ça que je lui ai expliqué. Je ne sais pas si j’ai bien fait. Mais je ne connais pas de meilleur moyen d’expliquer une situation comme celle-là.”}}”>I said to him: “These guys, they did bad things to this girl. And those who were supposed to help the girl, instead of doing it, they gave her money and told her to shut up .” That’s pretty much how I explained it to him. I don’t know if I did well. But I don’t know of a better way to explain a situation like this.

Hockey Canada has had its federal funding cut, and its sponsors put their partnerships on hold after gang rape allegations involving eight members of the 2018 team that represented Canada at the World Junior Championship.

These allegations arose when the TSN network revealed that Hockey Canada paid a plaintiff who was suing the federation, the Canadian Hockey League and eight anonymous players. The amount was not disclosed. The woman in question was asking for $3.55 million.

Hockey Canada has confirmed that a fund, funded by minor hockey registration fees, exists to pay for uninsured liabilities, including sexual abuse claims, among other things.

The federation has since assured that the fund in question will no longer be used to pay these claims.

On July 22, Hockey Canada announced that a new investigation was underway following allegations of gang rape involving the 2003 National Junior Team.

angry parents

Erin Dixon, who has a 14-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son, is upset to know that her children’s tuition fees have been partially used for these purposes.

I just didn’t think my kids’ money would go in there. Of course, this kind of behavior should not be tolerated or condoned in any way.said Ms. Dixon, originally from Kingston.

It’s a shock, but it’s not surprising to hear about a second situation.

With all the money they have on hand, I expect to hear more stories like this.

Sylvain Perrier says he was disgusted to know what his daughter’s registration fee was used for.

I have difficulty understanding. How can this happen? How can Hockey Canada, which should be a temple for every little boy or girl who plays hockey, protect against rapists and abusers? With our money?

Hockey Canada has given $8.9 million in sexual abuse claims since 1989.

To say that there are children who cannot afford to play… This use of money is dishonest in every waysaid Ms. Dixon.

There are so many aspects that are affected by this, including women’s hockey. Imagine the money that could have gone into women’s hockey.

Doubts about registration

With these controversies, parents are rethinking the benefits of enrolling their children in hockey.

Courtney Adams of Sudbury was planning on getting her four-year-old son to play hockey for the first time. The sexual assault allegations force her to think twice. According to her, what Hockey Canada does in the coming weeks will be evidence of her family decisions.

If there is no real change in the direction of Hockey Canada, and a real desire for change, not just in words but in actions, maybe in September we will put it on the hockeysaid Ms. Adams.

We don’t like the idea of ​​exposing him to a culture that allows these things to happen. He’s young, yes, but if he’s interested in hockey, when he gets old, when he’s a teenager, we don’t want him to be in that kind of environment.

The three parents consulted by The Canadian Press believe that hockey culture is in crisis. They cited many controversies as examples.

Widespread problems

Sylvain Perrier noted that, in his neighborhood, a U-15 level team had to suspend six players, and Hockey Quebec was forced to cancel the last two games of the season at the AAA level because of allegations of racism.

Erin Dixon, proud supporter of the Montreal Canadiens, was very disappointed when she saw her team draft Logan Mailloux. The defender was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2020. Mailloux had asked not to be drafted to focus on his rehabilitation. The Canadian still selected him in the first round.

Courtney Adams was also worried about the trial of Jake Virtanen. The former Vancouver Canucks forward was found not guilty of sexual assault. He was on the national junior team in 2016.

Resources are available to victims of sexual abuse. Hotlines are available on the Government of Canada website and on the Canadian Association Against Violence database.

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