June 17, 2024

Scott Smith, der CEO von Hockey Canada, tritt zurück

Abuse scandal sparks wave of resignations in Canada

The case, which became public in May and has since been making waves in the country, began in the summer of 2018. Eight players from the Canadian Junior League CHL are accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman while drunk. Some of the accused were said to be part of the U20 national team that won gold in the U20 World Cup in January 2018. The National Association has been accused of trying to cover up the incident.

The victim filed a lawsuit this spring against eight players, the Canadian Ice Hockey Association and the CHL. A financial settlement was then made in court. The association gave a settlement of lakhs to the 24-year-old woman.

The media recently revealed that Hockey Canada has two secret funds to compensate victims of sexual assault. The fund is financed with license fees from players across the country.

The association’s leadership was asked to explain itself to a parliamentary committee and defended its handling of the matter before the current chief executive resigned last week. The association came under pressure not only politically but also economically and was abandoned by well-known sponsors such as the Tim Hortons restaurant chain, Nike and Scotiabank. The damage to Hockey Canada’s image is enormous.

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