Hockey Canada: It’s just too little too late
The GIST: Hockey Canada remains on thin ice after more damning revelations from yesterday’s fourth federal hearing into the embattled organization.
How we got here: Hockey Canada’s mishandling of a 2018 sexual assault allegation involving players from that year’s world juniors team became public knowledge in May, resulting in multiple investigations into the governing body.
- Those investigations uncovered three youth registration fee–powered slush funds that were used to cover up similar crimes, including another horrific assault in 2003. Horrible.
The latest: Hockey Canada’s former president and CEO Bob Nicholson and Senior Vice President of Strategy Pat McLaughlin testified yesterday and notably issued the first genuine apologies for the significant harm the organization has caused. Took ya long enough.
- McLaughlin also noted that Hockey Canada has lost $24M from severed sponsorships in the wake of the investigations while paying $1.6M to a crisis management firm. Karma sure tracked them down.
Next steps: A government task force will soon determine how Hockey Canada should proceed (including who will be at the helm) in their quest to regain dignity.