Hockey Canada ran after the trouble. But Sports Minister Pascale-St-Onge's decision to suspend federal funding to the Canadian Ice Hockey Federation is just a slap on the wrist.
The Minister must demand the resignation of President and Chief Operating Officer, Scott Smith, whose term is to officially begin on July 1.
Since 2014, Smith has served as Deputy to Tom Renney, who announced his retirement on April 20.
Renney knew the storm was coming. Because the same day, the alleged victim sexually assaulted by eight Junior Team Canada players in 2018, filed a complaint with the police in London, Ontario.
If Ms. St-Onge really wants to put an end to the antiquated culture that persists at Hockey Canada, she must call for a fundamental restructuring of the organization.
She should also take the opportunity to see how Quebec and French are treated by the organization. She will see that we don't represent much for the leaders of the federation.
Hockey Canada badly needs to be rejuvenated and brought up to date. Its main speakers do not live at the time of the present century.
Scandalous and shameful!
What we have seen and heard since the unveiling of This sordid story by Murray Westhead, renowned investigative journalist for the TSN network, is a direct resounding in the face of the federation and Canadian hockey.
The image of our national sport takes a serious blow. It is shameful that a national organization like Hockey Canada has opted for silence rather than confronting the problem head on.
This sad episode is a copy-paste of the scandal that occurred at the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010 playoffs.
By sweeping under the carpet the sexual abuse suffered by Kyle Beach, a promising player video coach Brad Aldrich, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville ended up losing their jobs.
President John McDonough quietly left before the case came to light. He is the most wanted man by the media in Chicago. It has completely disappeared from circulation. It's as if he never existed.
Where were their heads?
The eight John Does of Team Canada Junior 2018 have been living since the disclosure of the affair with a sword of Damocles over their heads.
If there are any among them who play in the National League, they must be in their little shoes. They have to get up wondering if their identity has been exposed.
But what did they think?
Where were their heads?
Did they not follow the awareness and prevention programs that the training and leagues they play in?
Did they listen?
Did they sleep?
Haven't they heard of the MeToo movement?
Do they think they are above the law because they are athletes?
Do they live in the same world as us?
To all these questions there is only one answer. Their behavior is irresponsible, inexcusable and unforgivable.
It's as if they don't care about anything and anyone, starting with their peers who respect the rules of good conduct, teammates and opponents.< /p>
Players who follow the rules must be in good shape and for good reason!
Teams do their job
In the Canadian Hockey League – the organization that oversees the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League – teams are required to announce their schedule on the road.
Watching is especially tight in the playoffs. But some players slip through the cracks.
Let us remember the incident that occurred in Quebec last season when two players from the Victoriaville Tigres abused a young woman after winning the cup of the President.
Should we go so far as to have the players followed by security guards or place one in front of their bedroom door?
It is not possible, but good.
We are talking about young adults who must assume their responsibilities and who are preparing to enter the world of work, whether as professional players or later in a trade or profession.
So be responsible!