Canadian hockey is as rotten as you thought

Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada

Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada
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Bringing senior representatives involved in sport to a government meeting is not limited to those borders, as was attended yesterday by the CEO, President and Head of the Board of Governors of Hockey Canada. interviewed by Canadian MPs a woman who claimed that eight players who took part in a Hockey Canada golf trip raped her in groups, including some players from the 2018 World Junior Team. The action named eight players and the Canadian Hockey League (junior hockey governing body) and Hockey Canada. Hockey Canada closed the case on behalf of the other groups of defendants, without bothering to find out who those players were. As Hockey Canada receives money from the Canadian government, the hearing was based on whether public funds were used to pay tacit money, but this became a broader study of how Hockey Canada and hockey in general feel about balloons. sexual assault. To look at it better in general, see this story The Athleticus.

Of course, Hockey Canada leads Tom Rennen, Scott Smith and Dave Andrews did not have many answers. They said Hockey Canada conducted an investigation a few days after the incident, but players were not forced to cooperate and many did not. Which makes their entire code of conduct a farce, as they were instructed. Smith also slipped that Hockey Canada has received one or two charges a year of sexual assault on players under its responsibility in the last five or six years, one or two a year in excess. And it also wonders how many they don’t hear in a year, and such a handling of situations would not cause anyone to eagerly report attacks.

As always, officials who were not fully equipped to deal with such things made ridiculous nonsense, if not so depressing. Smith said Canada’s hockey “education is likely to lag behind” due to the pandemic. The problem is that this incident took place two years before the pandemic.

And it seemed that the players involved were educated enough to hide their traces when they read the terrible and disgusting details of the case. They forced the victim to admit his sobriety in front of the camera, even though he was far from sober to agree, and then forced him to take a shower, trying to erase as much “evidence” as possible. They knew where the consequences were. It wasn’t the ignorant guys who took things too far on a drunken night. It was calculated. This is more than just an educational effort.

As the story linked above by Ian Mendes, Dan Robson and Katie Strang, the problems of junior hockey are deep and layered, and it takes serious effort and time to eradicate them if someone has the patience or time. Although high school and college environments for sports such as football, basketball, and baseball have not exactly ended the sexual assault on campuses, a major problem for junior hockey is that the only communication environment for teenage hockey players is hockey. near other hockey players, either on the ice or in the locker room. They will never see anyone else until it’s time to head to the bar. The number of players who walk around with only a 7th grade education doesn’t help.

Hockey culture needs to be cleaned up in many areas, and most of this is due to its completely insular nature. He is not aware of the social problems because he is so attached to himself that he later produces only coaches and coaches who come from the upbringing of the sport. Where do ideas and controls come from?

Hockey Canada clearly thought it could do all this if it settled the case at the first checkpoint without any investigation. Also, don’t worry about the NHL having more teeth. But if there’s some kind of silver lining, like the Blackhawks, who thought the heads-in-the-sand approach would save them, things like that with such a strong smell aren’t hidden today.

They can shout about the education and programs they like, but the only things these kids have are a hockey career (they don’t have an education to go back to), and future juniors who know their hockey career is coming to an end are the only thing which makes them pay attention to any programs and instructions that Hockey Canada wants to switch to, or pretends to want to be the center of attention. They know nothing else. Bringing these names and future names out and taking them out of hockey is the only way to get most hockey players to notice. It’s the only language they speak, no matter how frustrating it is. Hockey Canada, when it comes to covering everyone as soon as possible, makes every young player feel invincible if he already does. And that’s the problem.

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