Report: Hockey Canada and CHL give up on trying to identify guilty parties from 2018 WJC team
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Report: Hockey Canada and CHL give up on trying to identify guilty parties from 2018 WJC team

“We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas,” - Hockey Canada (probably)



The third party investigation into the management of Hockey Canada and its executive staff continues and new developments uncovered just yesterday have implicated the organization's top members even more than initially reported.

While it was uncovered this past summer that Hockey Canada used a child registration fees to create a "slush fund" of cash to pay off alleged victims of sexual abuse, the Globe and Mail has uncovered the fact that Hockey Canada actually had an additional such account.

More from the Globe:

Known as the Participants Legacy Trust Fund, the reserve was created by the organization and its members with more than $7.1-million from the National Equity Fund. The money was earmarked “for matters including but not limited to sexual abuse,” according to Hockey Canada documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.

The trust, with its vaguely worded name, is another example of a large financial reserve created by Hockey Canada and its member branches to cover sexual assault claims, among other things, with funds gathered from hockey registration fees, without fully disclosing to parents and players how their money was ultimately being used.

- Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail

This, of course, flies in the face of statements that Hockey Canada executives made saying that they would not use such practices again and that they were committed to changing the "culture" of Hockey Canada. Then... we find out that they've in fact just created a new slush fund with a different name. Disgusting.

More from Grant Robertson of the Globe:

Amid the controversy, Hockey Canada, the sport’s governing body, reassured sponsors and government that none of their money was used to settle the lawsuit. Though Hockey Canada previously disclosed very little about the National Equity Fund and how it operated, officials later acknowledged at federal hearings in July that it was used to pay settlements on nine sexual assault claims totalling $7.6-million since 1989, not including the claim settled this year.

Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail

Even worse, Canadian Hockey League president Dan MacKenzie admitted under oath yesterday that Hockey Canada is stopped trying to determine which players from the 2018 World Junior team have been implicated in allegations. In MacKenzie's own words, "the matter is now settled" without knowing who or what was even done.

From court records courtesy of TSN's Rick WEsthead:

Q: Does Hockey Canada know who the players are?
A: No

Q: Do you know if Hockey Canada has taken steps to determine who the players are?

A: I don't know.

Q: Are you taking steps to determine who the players are

A: Not at present, no.

Q: Is the Canadian Hockey League taking steps to determine who the players are?

A: At present, no.

Given ALL of this, Canadian Minister for Sport Pascale St-Onge is calling on Hockey Canada's executive staff to resign immediately:

Source: Rick Westhead