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Hockey Canada Chairman of the Board, Michael Brind'Amour, tendered his resignation Saturday morning, in light of the scandal that has plagued the national federation for several months.
Brind'Amour thus preferred to step down before the end of his mandate, scheduled for November. He had held this position since 2018.
“My contract ends in November 2022 and I know that it will not be necessary to wait to start a new era, admitted Brind’Amour, by way of press release. Immediate actions are required to address the many challenges facing our organization and our sport, which our Action Plan should do. I wouldn't be able to renew my contract, so I announced my resignation to the board of directors.”
Hockey Canada saw its reputation take a heavy toll in May, when it tried to cover up a gang rape scandal by settling a multi-million dollar legal case out of court with a woman who claimed she was raped by eight players from the 2018 Junior Team Canada.
The organization had also used a special fund, dedicated to settling this kind of uninsurable story and paid in part by the money that Hockey Canada received thanks to the registrations of young hockey players.
This fund had also been used to settle nine other similar cases, totaling $7.6 million, since 1989.
This story has shocked many Canadians, who recently stated in a survey that they had lost confidence in the national federation.
“I have listened carefully to the comments of Canadians about the culture within our sport and our organization, as well as about the actions we have taken, Brind'Amour added. I understand that these actions are part of the solution.”