Former NHL tough guy Dan Carcillo cannot remain silent any longer.
That's why he filed a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) today alleging that he and many other junior hockey players suffered bullying, hazing and child abuse during their time in the top Canadian junior hockey league.
The allegations laid out in the lawsuit are genuinely horrific.
The Hockey News' Ken Campbell breaks down some of the allegations in his latest column:
According the lawsuit, players in the class were, among other things, forced to masturbate in front of teammates and coaches and forced to sexually assault teammates, to consume saliva, urine, semen and feces of other players and to sexually engage with animals. It is also alleged that players had heavy objects tied to their genitals, had their genitals dipped in irritants and toxic liquids and had objects such as hockey sticks, brooms and food forced into their anuses. It is also alleged that players were forced to consume large amounts of alcohol and illicit drugs.
It should be noted that none of these allegations have been proven in court. But, if the allegations are in fact true then the CHL's day of reckoning is coming. Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.