Rick Westhead is reporting on a settlement made between Hockey Canada and a woman alleging eight players from the 2018 Men’s World Junior Team sexually assaulted her after the Hockey Canada Foundation gala in 2018. The story is very graphic so viewer discretion and trigger warnings for sexual assault apply.
The NHL released a statement saying they were advised on the case, indicating one or more of the players involved play in the league. Looking at the roster for the team, almost all of them are in the NHL so that seemed inevitable.
Per the report, Hockey Canada conducted an “independent investigation” that led to no repercussions, surprise surprise. Westhead’s report expands on how few women are taken seriously by police in Canada when it comes to sexual assault, leading to few women bothering to deal with them in the first place.
Per the NHL,
“We were subsequently provided with the Statement of Claim, containing allegations of behavior that is both abhorrent and reprehensible. We will endeavor to determine the underlying facts and, to the extent this may involve players who are now in the NHL, we will determine what action, if any, would be appropriate.”
We will have more on this story as it progresses. And a reminder to be respectful in the comments of the victim, the process, and the people you’re talking to about it.
A woman referred to in court documents as "E.M." claimed she was repeatedly assaulted by 8 players while intoxicated in a hotel room following a Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf event in London, Ont., in June of 2018. https://t.co/BwUbvlCsQx— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) May 26, 2022
NHL statement on lawsuit against Hockey Canada and Canadian Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/3NGDPr87v0— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 26, 2022
Last Night’s Results
Colorado Avalanche @ St. Louis Blues
COL up 3-2, 8:00pm, ESPN, CBC
The Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime to win their second round series in five games. It was a back and forth game with Connor McDavid getting the winner... or did he?
Blake Coleman actually scored a goal with five minutes left in the game for the Flames, and presumably would’ve let them survive to a Game 6 on Saturday, but the referees (and situation room) overturned the goal due to a “distinct kicking motion.”
The goal replay is below, do you see a kicking motion? Here is another goal that was reviewed earlier in the season that was allowed for reference.
That puck looks like it was going in regardless if Coleman touched it with his skate.— Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) May 27, 2022
Agree to disagree on this one... pic.twitter.com/BojiiJbSX8
Blake Coleman go-ahead goal called back due to a kicking motion pic.twitter.com/NMXlP6F8gV— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 27, 2022
This. Intentionally deflecting the puck into the net with a foot is allowed. You just can’t swing your skate at it (which isn’t really even possible on one leg).— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 27, 2022
I wished I loved anything in my life as much as the NHL loves finding nitpicky reasons to take goals off the board. https://t.co/bkMLBsuHlH
I think it should’ve been allowed, mostly for the reasons DGB mentions. The Flames and their fans have every right to be angry.
What is your verdict on the Coleman call?
|Brutal mistake by the NHL||250|
|He kicked it in||44|
Cap Friendly has transitioned the site to the 2022-23 season. On one hand, this is good to help look ahead, but on the other it makes it much harder to reminder what former RFAs and UFAs made.
Currently the Leafs have roughly $8 million in cap space with 17 skaters signed and four RFAs to sign, plus other UFAs. Those numbers change when you take Abruzzese, Clifford, and Källgren off the current roster. The $8 million budget needs to fill a goalie and supporting depth pieces.
We have rolled the website over to the 2022-23 season!— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 26, 2022
Upper limit: $82.5M
Tampa Bay Lightning have the highest current cap hit
Buffalo Sabres have the most cap spacehttps://t.co/3B8UOBLIyt pic.twitter.com/EO4t1P3cOy
Former Leafs prospect Sean Durzi had shoulder surgery for the Kings yesterday.
The @LAKings have announced that defenseman Sean Durzi underwent successful shoulder surgery today (May 26). He will begin his rehabilitation process and is expected to be fully recovered for next season.— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) May 26, 2022