Editor’s note: This story contains accounts of alleged sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a sexual assault survivor, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 4673-656-800-1 or at https://www.rainn.org
Calgary, Alberta (Associated Press) – Michael Brendamor has resigned as chairman of Hockey’s Canada board amid scrutiny of the organization over its handling of sexual assault allegations against members of former junior men’s teams.
The Canadian hockey team announced its resignation in a statement on Saturday.
“I have listened carefully and attentively to the comments of Canadians about the culture of our sport and our organization, and about our actions and leadership,” Brindmore said in the statement. I understand that the actions we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution.
My final term ends in November 2022, and I know there is no need to wait for a new era. Immediate action is necessary to address the important challenges facing our organization and our sport, and which our Action Plan is working to achieve.
“I won’t be able to see this renewal through.”
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Brindmore was elected Chairman of the Board in 2018.
The federal government has frozen Hockey Canada’s funding after it was revealed that the organization had quietly settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by members of the 2018 junior men’s team at a Canada hockey party in London, Ontario, that year.
Since then, Hockey Canada has said members of its 2003 junior team are under investigation for alleged sexual assault in Nova Scotia.
Canada’s Sports Minister, Pascal Saint Ong, is withholding the funds until Hockey Canada satisfies its terms, which were a financial audit of the organization, producing a third-party law firm audit recommendations and a change action plan, as well as a signature on the new Sports Integrity Commissioner’s Office.
Sheldon Kennedy, a former National Hockey League player and victim rights advocate, was among those calling for the Canadian hockey leadership to step down.
“We’re starting to see cracks in the castle, and that’s how the light comes in,” St-Onge said Saturday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where she met with regional and state athlete leaders on the eve of the Canadian Games. “Canadians sent Hockey Canada a clear message that real change in leadership is needed and this is at all levels within the organization.”