Scott Smith, the organization’s president, and Tom Renney, chief executive, spent a little over two hours answering questions from federal elected officials.
While no new information has emerged regarding the amicable agreement signed by Hockey Canada with the alleged victim, we have learned that this agreement was not the first of its kind entered into by the Canadian federation.
After repeating that the funds used to compensate the young woman did not come from funds paid by the federal government, Smith acknowledged that other victims had already benefited from similar arrangements.
” There are two cases still under investigation that I am not allowed to discuss here, he said. I was also told that for the 5 or 6 years before I took office, two or three similar situations per year were reported and resolved in a similar manner. But only one in the last 12 months »
According to him, the money used for the settlements was generated through independent investments initiated by Hockey Canada.
When asked if the players involved in the alleged gang rape had cooperated with the police investigation, Smith implied he didn’t have that information.
The rape allegedly took place in a London hotel room in June 2018.
According to his affidavit, they were under no obligation to cooperate, and several of them would have taken the advice of their official representative or agent (between four and six) not to do so.
In the minutes leading up to the new president’s statement, outgoing Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney hailed his organization’s efforts to conduct a comprehensive review of the code of conduct for players selected to defend the country’s colors on the international stage.
For the first time, we have appointed a board member whose task will be dedicated exclusively to safety in our sport. We also welcome Sport Canada’s appointment of a first Integrity Officer, as well as the actions announced by Minister Pascale St-Onge ‘ he said initially.
Renney and Smith insisted Hockey Canada acted the day after the alleged attack, when association officials learned of the matter.
The fact remains that four years later those responsible remain unpunished and the independent investigation commissioned by Hockey Canada came to a halt with the arrival of an amicable settlement with the alleged victim’s representatives.
In saying that it wishes to respect the young woman’s will, Hockey Canada continues to lock itself in the most complete silence about anything directly or indirectly related to this story.
Asked about the parallel investigation the National Hockey League (NHL) is currently conducting into this case [22 membres d’Équipe Canada junior 2018 ont été repêchés par des clubs de la LNH, NDLR]Both Renney and Smith have indicated they are already working with the pro circuit, who appear to want to shed some light on the matter.
Questions about the total amount of legal fees Hockey Canada incurred between 2018 and 2022, why the association was the sole signatory to the out-of-court settlement and spared the Canadian Hockey League (LCH) leaders in the process, remained unanswered.
As a result of the players not being identified, Scott Smith and Tom Renney said neither the police nor the heads of the independent investigation commissioned by Hockey Canada were able to identify them.
He assured that if the players in question had been identified, they would have faced disciplinary action that would have been determined by an independent group.
This explanation did not convince Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, who was present at the hearing.
The fact that the attackers have not been identified shocks me, he said and saw a lack of will on the part of the association. Conservative MP Kevin Waugh also said he was disappointed and shared his concerns that the alleged attackers will become coaches in the near future.
Finally, it was revealed that alcohol had been served to underage players on the evening of the benefit gala organized by the Hockey Canada Foundation.
Before the break, Hedy Fry, chair of the Legacy Committee, spoke of her great disappointment that Hockey Canada officials are leaving Ottawa, leaving so many questions unanswered.