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Hockey Nova Scotia Suspends Fee Transfers To Hockey Canada

By Kevin Northup Oct 7, 2022 | 6:43 AM

Hockey Canada jerseys in a local rink (File Photo)

Hockey Nova Scotia will not send player transfer fees to Hockey Canada this season.

The national organization is facing scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault allegations, and the use of player funds to settle cases.

In a statement, Hockey N.S. says its values need to be reflected by Hockey Canada’s senior leadership, and change is needed at the highest levels of the game.

The move follows Ontario and Quebec, who also suspended transfer fees to the organization.

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.

N.S. Premier Weighs In

Premier Tim Houston says before the World Juniors go forward in Halifax this year, Hockey Canada needs to make meaningful changes.

He says the withdrawal of so many sponsors is a signal that Hockey Canada’s response to sexual assault allegations and concerns around funding have been inadequate.

Houston says he’s been calling for change since July, and Canadians have the right to expect action and answers.

Prime Minister Comments

Justin Trudeau said yesterday 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.

(with files from Tara Clow)


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