Scott Smith, president of the organization, and Tom Renney, chief executive, answered questions from elected federal officials for just over two hours.
While no new information has emerged regarding the friendly agreement signed by Hockey Canada with the alleged victim, we have nevertheless learned that this agreement was not the first of its kind concluded by the Canadian federation.
After reiterating that the funds used to compensate the young woman did not come from the money paid by the federal government, Smith acknowledged that other victims had already benefited from similar deals.
” There are two other cases which are still under investigation and which I am not allowed to discuss here. I was also told that in the 5 or 6 years prior to my arrival in office, two or three similar situations per year were reported and similarly resolved. But only one in the past 12 months. “
According to him, the money used for the settlements would have been generated by independent investments of which Hockey Canada was the instigator.
Asked if the actors involved in the alleged gang rape had cooperated in the police investigation, Smith implied that he did not have this information.
The rape allegedly took place in a London hotel room in June 2018.
According to what was stated under oath, nothing obliged them to cooperate and many of them would have followed the advice of their official representative or their agent (between four and six) to refrain from doing so. .
In the minutes preceding this statement by the new president, outgoing CEO of Hockey Canada, Tom Renney, praised his organization’s efforts to comprehensively review the code of conduct for selected players to defend the country’s colors on the international scene.
For the first time, we have appointed a member of the board of directors whose job will be exclusively dedicated to safety in our sport. We also welcome Sport Canada’s appointment of a first commissioner for integrity and measures announced by Minister Pascale St-Onge he said at the beginning.
Renney and Smith insisted Hockey Canada took action the day after the alleged attack when federation officials learned of the matter.
Four years later, the perpetrators go unpunished and the independent investigation commissioned by Hockey Canada comes to a halt when the friendly settlement with the alleged victim’s representatives is broken.
It is by saying that he wants to respect the will of the young woman that Hockey Canada continues to lock itself in complete silence for everything that directly or indirectly concerns this story.
When asked about the parallel investigation that the National Hockey League (NHL) is currently conducting into this affair (22 members of Junior Team Canada 2018 have been enrolled by NHL clubs, ed), both Renney Smith hinted that they are already collaborating with the professional. circuit that apparently wants to shed some light on the matter.
Questions about the total amount of legal fees incurred by Hockey Canada between 2018 and 2022, why the federation was the only signatory to the settlement agreement that spared Canadian Hockey League leaders in the process (LCH) remained unanswered.
On the fact that the identities of the players were not revealed, Scott Smith and Tom Renney say that neither the police nor the leaders of the independent investigation commissioned by Hockey Canada have been able to identify them.
He assured that the players in question, if they were identified, would face disciplinary sanctions determined by an independent group.
These explanations did not convince the Liberal Congressman Anthony Housefather, who was present at the hearing.
The fact that the attackers have not been identified shocks mehe said because he sees a lack of willpower on the part of the federation. Conservative MP Kevin Waugh also said he was disappointed and expressed concern that the alleged forwards will become managers in the near future.
Finally, it was revealed that alcohol was served to underage players on the evening of the Hockey Canada Foundation’s charity gala.
Before updating, the chair of the Parliamentary Heritage Committee, Hedy Fry, expressed her great disappointment that the representatives of Hockey Canada left Ottawa leaving so many questions unanswered.