Canada’s regional hockey federations issued a letter on Thursday threatening to withhold dues funds until Hockey Canada takes concrete steps towards transparency and accountability.
The letter, which seems solely on the Hockey Quebec web site and solely in French, states Canada’s 13 federations are “appalled” and “involved” with the “alleged behaviours in addition to the administration and selections made by Hockey Canada” within the aftermath of allegations of a sexual assault in London, Ont., in 2018 involving members of the Canadian world junior group.
The letter states that the federations are looking for solutions and detailed updates on the progress of Hockey Canada’s just lately launched Motion Plan earlier than their annual funds deadline to Hockey Canada on Dec. 1.
The federations are asking for extra details about Hockey Canada’s dealing with of the June 2018 sexual assault allegations, together with understanding the function the group’s board of administrators has performed all through.
Moreover, the federations are additionally anticipating a second written replace earlier than their cost deadline of April 1, 2023.
“By way of these actions, we hope to proceed providing our members and all those that want to participate in our sport a wholesome, constructive, secure, inclusive and accessible atmosphere, in addition to applications centered on studying and enjoyable,” concludes the letter. “We additionally consider that communication, transparency and accountability will likely be required to keep up our members’ confidence in Hockey Quebec, to revive that of households in Hockey Canada and for an enduring change within the tradition of hockey.
“All of us have a job to play for the well-being of our gamers, in addition to for all those that work within the hockey ecosystem. Our sport should do extra however above all do higher. Hockey needs to be greater than a sport.”
–with information from Sportsnet’s Daniel Rainbird, Paul D. Grant and Emily Sadler