One of the accused players from the 2018 World Junior case is about to resume his career

One of the accused players from the 2018 World Junior case is about to resume his career

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Chris Gosselin

Earlier this year, Carter Hart, Michael McLeod, Dillon Dube, Cal Foote and Alex Formenton were each charged with one count of sexual assault, with McLeod also facing an additional charge (being party to the offence) in the 2018 World Junior alleged sexual assault.

It’s alleged the incident occurred following a Hockey Canada gala in Ontario in June 2018, when the players were honoured for their victory at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Court documents from 2022 revealed London police believed they had reasonable grounds to accuse five players of sexually assaulting a young woman in a hotel room.
Since then, respective teams have cut ties with the players, however, it has been recently reported that one of the five accused men could get a chance to resume his career.

According to Hockey News Hub, McLeod would be holding discussions with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL in Russia about the possibility of joining the club.

All five players, including McLeod, have defended their innocence through their lawyers, as their clients eventually pleaded not guilty.

It’s a well-known fact that clubs in Russia have much less scruples when it comes to hiring players with a criminal past or who are accused of crimes in North America.

McLeod is only 26 years and was selected in the first round, 12th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He has recorded a total of 10 goals and 9 assists for a total of 19 points in 45 games in the NHL.

Could he resume his career despite the heavy accusations against him in Canada?