Earlier this week news broke revealing that former National Hockey League enforcer Daniel Carcillo, alongside former Western Hockey League player Garrett Taylor, had filled a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court. The claims put forward by the two former players in the lawsuit can only be described as horrific, detailing physical assault, sexual harassment, and even sexual abuse that they and other young men suffered during their time under the Canadian Hockey League's umbrella.
I have to be honest the allegations push the bounds of what you would consider to be believable, but unfortunately the horror described by Carcillo and Taylor in their lawsuit appears to be all too real. In a recent article for The Hockey News veteran journalist Ken Campbell had a chance to speak with former goaltender Ryan Munce who played with Carcillo in the Western Hockey League, and Munce was able to corroborate a large number of the claims made by Carcillo. I would like to warn our readers that what comes next is extremely disturbing and is not for the weak of heart.
Here are just a few of the more disturbing claims that Munce was able to corroborate via The Hockey News:
* In the statement of claim, Carcillo alleges that during showers, rookies were required sit in the middle of the shower room naked while the older players urinated, spat saliva and tobacco chew on them. At least once, the lawsuit alleges, head coach Jeff Perry walked into the shower room while this was occurring, laughed and walked out. “It wasn’t just that,” Munce said. “We all sat completely naked wrapped around each person in front of us, like a canoe, and we were supposed to sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat as they sprayed aerosol cans on our shoulders to try to make them burn.”
* Carcillo alleged in the lawsuit that rookies had to bob for apples in a cooler filled with the older players’ urine, saliva and other bodily fluids. Munce corroborated this.
These are just a few of the many disturbing allegations put forth in this lawsuit and if there are people who are responsible for the veritable torture that these young men suffered they should definitely be called to task for it. It remains to be seen what will come of the class action lawsuit put forth by Carcillo, but it sounds like more players may be coming out of the woodwork and lending their voices in support of it.