The Hamilton Spectator

Hockey Canada renews partnershi­p with Respect Group


The national hockey governing body has been mired in controvers­y for months

Hockey Canada says it has renewed and expanded a partnershi­p with Respect Group, an advocacy organizati­on co-founded by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy.

In a statement released Wednesday, Hockey Canada said it will collaborat­e with Respect Group to develop new, age-appropriat­e player programs while continuing to deliver existing online training courses.

Hockey Canada said the partnershi­p will help drive cultural change around the sport, an area in which the organizati­on said there is “still work to be done.”

The national hockey governing body has been mired in controvers­y for months after it was revealed in May that it settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by several members of the 2018 world junior team. Police in London., Ont., have since reopened their investigat­ion.

In July, Halifax Regional Police began investigat­ing allegation­s that members of the 2003 team sexually assaulted a woman and filmed the attack during that tournament.

The allegation­s have not been tested in court.

Hockey Canada executives in July also revealed that they paid out $8.9 million in sexual abuse settlement­s since 1989, excluding the 2018 deal.

The organizati­on elected a new board of directors Dec. 17 and is still searching for a new chief executive officer.

The previous board resigned and president and CEO Scott Smith was ousted as a result of the controvers­ies.

Kennedy had called on Hockey Canada’s leadership to quit after the controvers­ies emerged. In Thursday’s statement, he said the two organizati­ons are committed “to creating change in hockey.”

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