(Toronto) A group of 14 former Canadian Hockey League players have submitted affidavits detailing alleged acts of abuse and hazing in a class action lawsuit filed by two others former players.
Last June, Daniel Carcillo, a former NHL player, and Garrett Taylor, who played in the Western Junior League from 2008 to 2010, filed a petition in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
According to a statement from Koskie Minsky LLP, the law firm that represents Carcillo and Taylor, the class action lawsuit was filed “on behalf of children between the ages of 15 and 17 who have been sexually and physically assaulted, victims of hazing and ‘other types of abuse while away from home and playing for CHL teams ”.
The allegations in the affidavits delivered this week come from players who played in the CHL from the late 1970s until 2014.
The CHL and the three organizations that are part of it – the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Junior League and the Western Junior League – are identified as defendants, as are the 60 teams that hold them. make up.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
The Canadian Press does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.
A former Winnipeg Warriors and Calgary Wranglers colors-bearer in the 1980s explained how the older players allegedly rounded up the rookie players and asked them to remove their clothes before throwing things at them.
Another who played for the Sarnia Sting during the 2000s recounted that a sawn off goalie stick was used to slap rookies on their bare buttocks.
A former Ottawa 67’s player in the late 1970s and early 1980s says he was assaulted in the locker room and blindfolded. Older players reportedly tied him up, removed his clothes and shaved the hair on his genitals.
A former Oshawa Generals and North Bay Centennials rider in the 1990s claimed that younger players were forced to do push-ups in showers while older ones spit, urinated and defecated on their back.
In a statement, CHL leaders said they are preparing to complete a detailed review of legal documents.
They say they are taking this matter extremely seriously and have described the allegations as deeply disturbing.
“The majority of the allegations are of an unprecedented nature and do not correspond to the experiences of players currently playing in the CHL,” added the CHL statement.