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Hockey Canada unveils ANOTHER group sexual assault committed by World Juniors, asks police to investigate


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Josh tupper
July 22, 2022  (12:41)
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Today Hockey Canada released a very troubling statement. Today's statement surrounds another sexual assault committed by members of the 2003 World Junior team members.

This assault was uncovered by TSN's Rick Westhead. Westhead has been a key driver in uncovering these sorts of actions and trying to fix hockey culture. Multiple witnesses have come forward with very explicit eye witness accounts.
Yesterday evening, Hockey Canada learned of an alleged group sexual assault from 2003 involving members of the 2002-03 National Junior Team after being contacted by Rick Westhead of TSN/CTV National News with disturbing details of the alleged incident. Mr. Westhead informed Hockey Canada he has spoken to multiple witnesses who provided him with explicit descriptions of an assault, following an interview with Conservative MP John Nater who is in possession of the same or similar information.

The details in Mr. Westhead's email were deeply disturbing and Hockey Canada immediately contacted Halifax Regional Police, as Halifax was the co-host city of the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship, and also notified Sport Canada of the information shared with us. We have urged Mr. Westhead to immediately speak with police and to encourage his sources to do the same. We also implore MP Nater to contact the authorities with any information he or his office has received on this alleged group sexual assault.

Hockey Canada is committed to bringing an end to the culture of silence in hockey. That is why we are publicly calling for anyone with knowledge of this incident to come forward to police, and we are being transparent in how we learned of this alleged assault and the steps we are taking to address it.

Prior to receiving Mr. Westhead's email, two weeks ago, Hockey Canada staff heard a rumour about «something bad at the 2003 World Juniors» but were given no details of any sort. We immediately reported this information to Sport Canada. In order to learn more, Hockey Canada hired a third-party investigator to try to find more information. They were unable to learn anything before we received the details mentioned above in an email from Mr. Westhead.

We believe the alleged incident from 2003 should be investigated by the authorities, and we urge the police to open an investigation into this disturbing situation. Hockey Canada will cooperate with and support the authorities in every way we can, and we once again urge anyone who may have relevant information about this alleged incident to contact Halifax police immediately.

Members of that Team Canada team include Carlo Colaiacovo, Pierre Parenteau, Brooks Laich, Ian White, Scottie Upshall, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kyle Wellwood, Joffrey Lupul, Jay McClement, Derek Roy, Brendan Bell, Gregory Campbell, Matthew Stajan, Jordin Tootoo, Jeff Woywitka, Steve Eminger, Marc-Andre Fleury, Nathan Paetsch, Alexandre Rouleau, David LeNeveu, Daniel Paille and Boyd Gordon.
No individual player has been implicated at this time.
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