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New court documents reveal evidence against 5 players and that 2 players may have flipped to become witnesses

Published February 5, 2024 at 10:01
BY JOSH
Since 2018 Hockey Canada has been surrounded by controversy. The organization lost support after Hockey Canada agreed to pay $3,000,000 to a victim of an alleged assault by the 2018 Gold Medal winning team at an event in London, Ontario. Now, six years later and 5 players have been charged with crimes stemming from this event.

London Police have been very tight lipped about releasing any possible information, but today court documents revealed what sort of evidence London Police have in this case. Rick Westhead of TSN revealed the following information on his X account.

During a 15 minute hearing, lawyers for four current and one former NHL players spoke to the justice of the peace in a London, Ont., court about next steps in this case.

The justice of the peace ordered a publication ban on the identity of the alleged victim and two witnesses in the case.


Crown attorney Heather Donkers told the court that «substantial» paper and audio evidence collected by London police in connection with the case - know as disclosure - would be sent today by courier to the players' lawyers.

The next hearing date in the case was scheduled for Apr. 30, at which time lawyers will discuss and review disclosure in the case.


People were quick to point out that when the charges initially came forward it named 8 Canadian players, and when charges were laid we only saw 5 players charged. This led many to believe that two players could have potentially agreed to testify on behalf of the victim.


London Police will hold a press conference today at 2 pm to further discuss this information. Stay tuned for more details.
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New court documents reveal evidence against 5 players and that 2 players may have flipped to become witnesses

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