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Hockey NB Reassuring Members Amidst Hockey Scandal

By Tara Clow Oct 7, 2022 | 1:00 PM

Hockey Canada jerseys in a local rink (File Photo)

Hockey New Brunswick is currently taking a wait-and-see approach after growing concerns over Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations.

In a statement, Hockey New Brunswick (HNB) Executive Director Nic Jansen says they are awaiting the results of an independent governance review of Hockey Canada before determining their next steps.

He adds that they understand the concerns raised by membership and others across the country and they are taking steps to address them.

“HNB, as the provincial governing body for hockey, is firmly committed to driving the sport’s cultural change. As an organization, we are actively working to create educational opportunities for our membership,” said the statement.

“We have engaged subject matter experts on the topics of sexual violence, masculinity, maltreatment, and discrimination. We are promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and incorporating these important values across the organization.

“These are crucial first steps. We will continue to seek out additional opportunities to address issues that are prevalent across the sport.”

The statement also notes the independent governance review of Hockey Canada, undertaken by the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C., will provide recommendations about that organization and inform HNB’s next steps.

“HNB is committed to serving its membership, and we are focused on delivering upon our mission of being a leader in developing positive lifestyle, inclusive communities, and opportunities through hockey,” the statement says.

Other provincial organizations have said they are withholding assessment fees from Hockey Canada, but Jansen says this is premature.

“It’s inaccurate that other provincial members are cutting ties with Hockey Canada as they are still remitting insurance fees,” Janen says.

“As per Hockey Canada by-laws, fees are not due until April 1, 2023. The assessment fee in question is $3.00/participant. To date, Hockey New Brunswick has not submitted any fees to Hockey Canada, as we are not required to.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that Hockey Canada has lost the confidence of Canadians.

“The total loss of faith in that organization by everyone means that it’s nonsensical that they’re digging in their heels on this one. There needs to be wholesale change,” said the PM.

Trudeau said there is a lack of understanding that they’ve lost Canadians’ confidence, and the sooner they get to that, the better it will be for everyone.

Many sponsors like Canadian Tire, Telus and Tim Hortons have completely backed away from the men’s national program, and will not sponsor the World Juniors in Halifax and Moncton this year.

With files from Kevin Northup


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