Quebec commission will not extend hearings into hockey hazing – Montreal

Former NHL hockey player Daniel Calcillo says players like him who have been victims of abuse in junior hockey leagues should be heard.

“we intention Listen,” said Calcillo. “There will be a process set in place and it will probably be more painful for the Canadian Hockey League to move forward.”

Carcillo is one of the principal plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

The lawsuit alleges horrific Hayes practices amounting to physical, mental and sexual assault.

Following the revelation, a Quebec parliamentary commission investigated such practices and spoke to junior hockey officials.

However, the commission never asks for input from players.

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Quebec Solidaire’s Vincent Marizal’s request for an extension of the hearing was denied.

Quebec’s sports minister, Isabelle Charest, said no further hearings were necessary.

“The goal is not to listen to everything that has happened in the past, but to ensure that athletes have a safe environment in which to perform,” said Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Minister of Sport.

Charest said mechanisms are already in place, such as the independent grievance window she set up in 2020.

During the commission, CHL promised mandatory training to ensure all members of the league are aware of bad behavior such as bullying and abuse.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced they are introducing a new locker room code.

“We will continue to make sure the mechanism is working and that athletes know about it,” Charest said.

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Marizal questioned Charest’s comments.

“So what’s the point? Even if we come to the status quo conclusion, what’s the point of creating a parliamentary committee?” Marisal asked.

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Marisal wanted athletes to testify, not just sports psychologists. He says he will continue to seek more hearings and reach out to Charest.

Carcillo, meanwhile, said he would listen to his players and hold them accountable.

“This is just the beginning,” said Calcillo.

He encourages all hockey players who have been victims of abuse to come forward and contact his lawyer.

Carcillo’s goal is that abusers face due process and victims have adequate compensation.

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