The Ottawa Senators opened training camp on Wednesday, and as expected, Alex Formenton did not attend.
Formenton is coming off his entry-level contract and is the last free agent left unsigned in Ottawa. However, his name did come up a few times this summer, and for bad reasons.
In May, news broke that Hockey Canada quietly settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by eight unnamed players, including several members of the country’s 2018 world junior team, following a gala in London, Ontario. Since then, many players have made statements that they weren’t involved, but others have yet to comment.
Earlier this summer, Ottawa Senators’ Drake Batherson and Formenton were trending because they are keeping quiet. Many are starting to wonder how the Senators are feeling and what they’d have to do if Batherson and Formenton.
During the offseason, Senators GM Pierre Dorion stated that he couldn’t make any comment regarding the ongoing investigation with Hockey Canada.
When asked again on Wednesday, he couldn’t say much more. Though he did point out that the ongoing investigation has not impacted roster decisions or contract negotiations
“I think we all want to have answers,” he added along with the certainty that he has to follow what the league directs him to do.
Batherson and Formenton have yet to comment the ongoing investigation, which doesn’t make them look good . TO BE CLEAR: We are not saying Batherson and Formenton are involved in the ongoing Hockey Canada sexual assault allegations.
Hockey Canada is facing increased scrutiny in the wake of yet another alleged gang sexual assault case involving Hockey Canada’s 2003 world junior team, with the rumours of a third case coming the Association’s way.
For now, Dorion is doing what he needs to do which is focusing on getting Formenton signed. Per Bruce Garrioch, Dorion held talks with Formenton’s agent Wade Arnott, but there is however no real update on the situation.