Sports Embattled Hockey Canada head says world juniors will go on as planned
Timeline: Hockey Canada's handling of 2018 sexual assault allegation
A timeline of Hockey Canada's response to an alleged sexual assault involving eight players in London, Ont., in 2018: Jan. 5, 2018 — Canada's world junior hockey team defeats Sweden in the gold-medal final in Buffalo, N.Y. June 18, 2018 — Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf event begins in London. June 19, 2018 — A woman's stepfather informs Hockey Canada she alleges she was sexually assaulted by eight players, including members of the world junior team, while intoxicated the previous night following the event. Hockey Canada says it spoke with its insurance provider and then informed London police, which opened an investigation.
OTTAWA — Embattled Hockey Canada president and chief executive officer Scott Smith says his organization will fulfil its duty as host at next month's world junior hockey tournament in Edmonton.
Smith spoke to reporters Wednesday after being questioned by MPs, some of whom called for a change of leadership at Hockey Canada, at a parliamentary hearing looking into the hockey governing body's handling of recent sexual assault allegations.
Hockey Canada has been under fire since news broke in May of an alleged sexual assault involving eight players after a 2018 Hockey Canada gala in London, Ont.
When is the World Juniors 2022? Date, times and schedules for postponed tournament
When is the World Juniors 2022? Date, times and schedules for postponed tournamentThe annual tournament is typically played right after Christmas, however, the tournament was canceled partway through competition in December of 2021 due to COVID-19. Instead of skipping over the tournament in its entirety, the IIHF elected to restart the World Juniors in August.
A second sexual assault allegation involving the 2003 world junior team surfaced last week.
Smith noted that the world junior championship is operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation, not Hockey Canada, and that the event will go on as planned.
The 2022 world junior tournament initially got underway in December in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., before being postponed due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The tournament is set to open Aug. 9.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2022.
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Gender-based violence experts said a systemic solution is needed from leadership if Hockey Canada truly wants to reform the violent culture in sports.In May, TSN reported that Hockey Canada had settled an alleged sexual assault lawsuit involving eight members of the 2018 World Juniors championship team.