Content warning: The subject of this article pertains to a case about sexual assault.
Monday saw an important issue continue to be dealt with, as Hockey Canada testified before the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in a hearing with the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage about the 2018 sexual assault case that has been reported on over the past couple of months , although it was revealed in the hearing that Hockey Canada had known about it since the day after it occurred.
The biggest issue was the lack of accountability throughout Hockey Canada, as there was no mandate in place to make players involved in the case interview as part of the process.
The NHL has decided to have it’s own investigation, but it’ll be tricky to navigate around how Hockey Canada will cooperate, as well as the victim who at this point doesn’t want to see it go further. So with all that, how does the NHL expect people to be held accountable? Frank Seravalli and Mike McKenna discussed that on today’s Daily Faceoff Show.
Mike McKenna: “I don’t think they do, and I don’t think that they really, at this stage, are going to find a way to be able to. This is a perfect example of following legalities instead of doing the right thing here.
And I think a lot of that has to do with Hockey Canada’s code of conduct, not requiring players to testify in these types of situations, or talk, and that has to change. It creates an air of secrecy where people can walk away from sticky situations. There’s a payout, it’s all over, it’s done.
The one thing that really stood out to me is that Hockey Canada said that they started their own third party investigation four years ago in 2018, and they have yet to receive a complete report from that third party. Like, really? What planet is this? And they’ve been advised not to make any findings from that investigation public, but they don’t even have any findings yet. I can’t wrap my head around that. How can it take four years? What it tells me is they hired somebody and then it went away, because there’s no chance that that third party firm is still doing work on this four years later after a settlement, and that’s a huge problem. There should have been a follow-up there. There should’ve been accountability to the third party they hired, because if they weren’t getting the job done, it was time to hire another third party. ”
Frank Seravalli: “Yeah, and I just think it speaks to a culture of silence that’s existed within hockey, and I also think it speaks to a culture of sexual abuse and sexual assault that really goes through and is part of almost every level of the game. Junior hockey all the way up through the NHL as well.
I was talking about this with a league executive last week, the idea of why is it that hockey seems to run into these issues, and a lot of other sports don’t. And I also think that cone of silence that we were talking about sort of helps perpetuate that, so I hope we see lots of changes that come from this. ”
You can watch the full episode here…