New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod.
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Lawyers confirm Michael McLeod has been charged with a crime, share how he plans to plead

Published January 30, 2024 at 5:05 PM

In less than a week, London Police plan to hold a press conference to update the media and the public about their investigation into allegations against members of the 2018 Canadian World Junior team and today, we found out the identity of the players involved.

On Tuesday, the lawyers for one of the players involved, New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod, released a statement confirming that their client has been charged by London Police with s*xual assault and plans to plead not guilty.

"We are the lawyers representing Michael McLeod. We can now confirm that more than five and a half years after EM's initial complaint to police, London Police has charged Michael McLeod with s*xual assault. Mr. McLeod denies any criminal wrongdoing. He will be pleading not guilty and will vigorously defend the case. None of the evidence has been presented, let alone tested in court. We ask that the public respect Mr. McLeod's privacy and his family's privacy.

Because the matter is now before the court, we will not comment further at this time." McLeod's lawyers said.

McLeod, along with Alex Forementon, Carter Hart, Cal Foote and Dillon Dube are all facing charges in relation to an alleged s*xual assault that occurred in 2018 following a Hockey Canada gala in London, Ontario.

As mention, London Police will issue an update on Monday, February 5th and it's expected that the National Hockey League and National Hockey League's Players Association will wait until after that press conference before releasing any statement.


Another player has shared the following details:

Carter Hart has also issued a statement:

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