According to a report from TSN's lead investigative reporter Rick Westhead, Hockey Canada has confirmed that they are retaining legal representation in preparation for a third sexual assault case against them.
The organization, of course, is still reeling from sexual assault allegations against member's of its 2003 World Junior team and 2018 World Junior team.
More from Westhead:
More to come on this developing story, but if you're not up to date with everything happening within Hockey Canada, buckle up. It was revealed this past May that Hockey Canada settled a lawsuit with an unnamed woman after she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by eight members of the 2018 World Juniors roster in London, Ontario and that officials within Hockey Canada helped cover up the scandal.
So far none of the players from that team have been identified as the ones being implicated, but several members of the team have come out to exonerate themselves. So far Jordan Kyrou, Taylor Raddysh, Carter Hart, Jake Bean, Kale Clague, Colton Point, Sam Steel, Conor Timmins, Robert Thomas, Victor Mete, Cale Makar, Jonah Gadjovich, Dante Fabbro, Cal Foote, Dillon Dube, Boris Katchouk, Tyler Steenbergen, Brett Howden and Max Comtois have all released statements stating their innocence and, in some cases, ignorance of the allegations. Alex Formenton, Drake Batherson and Michael McLeod are notable players from the team who have yet to make a statement on the allegations... until today.
Batherson reported to Ottawa Senators training camp earlier today and was finally forced to make a statement on the investigation... kind of.
Check out Batherson's "no comment" comment from earlier today:
That's... that's a lot different from every other statement we've heard from other members of this team. Batherson is the very first player from this team to play the "no comment" card. Obviously that doesn't explicitly implicate him in any wrongdoing, but it's not going to help the public perception.
Needless to say that neither Batherson nor the Senators need this sort of thing playing out in the public during a pivotal season. Here's hoping we get some resolution sooner rather than later.