‘New Era’ | Hockey Canada President Offers to Resign

Hockey Canada board chairman Michael Vrindamour announced Saturday that he has submitted his resignation because “it is pointless to wait before a new era begins.” He said he was “not able to perform this update” required by the organization.

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“My final term will end in November 2022, but I know we do not have to wait for a new era to begin. It is imperative that we act immediately in order to do so, and an action plan has been developed for that purpose. said in a statement.

He said he was “relieved” by the appointment earlier this week of former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell, who has the power to review the organization’s governance.

“This review will help us make the necessary changes. We are confident that the recommendations will lead the organization to the desired changes,” said the outgoing president.

The latter also said, “I wish success to those who follow in my footsteps,” and vowed to “listen carefully to Canadians’ comments on our sporting culture, organizational culture, conduct and leadership.” “We understand that the steps we’ve taken in recent weeks are part of the solution,” he said.

in the midst of a crisis

Hockey Canada has been hotly contested since last spring. It was first revealed after the 2018 organization gala in London, Ontario, that the organization had settled a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by eight players out of court. Several politicians have called for Hockey Canada’s executives to resign in recent weeks after a flimsy presentation. .

In the process, the TSN network also revealed that a Junior Team Canada player sexually assaulted a young woman in Halifax on the sidelines of the 2003 World Championships.

Since 1989, a total of $7.6 million has been taken from Hockey Canada’s “National Equity Fund” to compensate nine victims of sexual assault without going to court, said Hockey Canada’s chief financial officer. Brian Cairo also confirmed. A member of the organization’s leadership who testified before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Earlier this week, Tuesday press reported that sports federations spread false information about victims. When gang-rape allegations against eight hockey players came to light last May, Hockey Canada widely publicized information that the victims had never contacted authorities. However, in her first public appearance since the incident came to light, the young woman claims she did file a complaint with London police.

In a statement, the Canadian Hockey Board acknowledged on Saturday that “there is work to be done to raise the expectations of all hockey stakeholders and encourage positive action from local programs to the national team.” The board and members will meet “within the next few days” to appoint an interim president, whose identity is still unknown at this stage.

Nevertheless, the sports organization thanked Mr. Brindamore for his “leadership” and for his “numerous contributions to the sport” over the years and said that under his leadership “the inclusion of women in hockey would include an increased presence.” He noted that special emphasis was placed on ‘and safe sports’.

The next election for Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for next November.

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