Players linked to WJC scandal facing up to 14 years in prison.
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Players linked to WJC scandal facing up to 14 years in prison.

Players could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted and given the maximum penalty.

Jonathan Larivee

The scandal surrounding the Canadian 2018 World Junior hockey team appears to be finally coming to a head with London, Ontario police ordering a number of players accused in the case to surrender themselves before an unspecified deadline.

On Sunday we saw the first player surrender himself when former NHL forward Alex Forementon surrendered himself to law enforcement, which likely means that more will soon follow.

On Sunday, TSN's Rick Westhead also shared an update on some of the charges players involved in this case may be facing, with the maximum penalty appearing to be a sentence of 14 years in prison. According to Westhead, a charge of common sexual assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, however if those charges were upgraded to gang sexual assault the maximum penalty would increase to 14 years.

It is important to note that Formenton's attorney, Daniel Brown, denied that his client had been charged with either count but also opted not to elaborate on what charges were in fact filed against Formeneton.

It is also important to note that none of these accusations have yet to be tested in court.