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Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson to testify before parliamentary committee

Former Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson is scheduled to converse before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Tuesday.

Nicholson has been an govt with the Edmonton Oilers since 2014 and has been the NHL workforce’s chairman since 2019.

He’s been known as before the parliamentary committee as a part of its ongoing examination of Hockey Canada.

The nationwide sport group has been mired in controversy for months over its mishandling of a sexual assault allegation that features gamers on the 2018 males’s world junior workforce.

An investigation into that sexual assault has been opened by London, Ont., police and Halifax police are investigating gang rape allegations involving members of the 2003 males’s junior workforce as nicely. None of the allegations have been confirmed in courtroom.

Nicholson was in command of Hockey Canada from 1998 to 2014.

Pat McLaughlin, Hockey Canada’s senior vice-president, can be set to seem before the members of Parliament on Tuesday.

Hockey Canada has been below intense strain since May when it was revealed the federation quietly settled a lawsuit after a lady claimed she was sexually assaulted by eight gamers, together with members of the nation’s world junior workforce, following a 2018 Hockey Canada gala in London.

The federal authorities and company sponsors shortly paused monetary help, however the ugly headlines continued with the revelation that Hockey Canada had paid the settlement out of the National Equity Fund, which was partly funded by the registration charges of youth gamers.

Hockey Canada’s former and present board chairs defended the sporting physique’s management in a listening to before the Canadian Heritage standing committee on Oct 4.

Former chair Michael Brind’Amour stated in his testimony that he believed president and CEO Scott Smith had the qualities to “do one thing constructive for the group.” Interim chair Andrea Skinner informed the committee that hockey shouldn’t be made a “scapegoat” or “centrepiece” for toxic tradition that exists elsewhere.

Within per week of that committee assembly, Hockey Canada had misplaced the backing of a number of provincial federations, main sponsors like Nike and Bauer had paused their help, Smith was out, and your complete board of administrators had resigned.

The Oilers and their personnel selections have additionally been criticized over the previous 12 months.

Edmonton signed ahead Evander Kane in January after the San Jose Sharks terminated the rest of his seven-year, US$49 million contract for violating COVID-19 protocols whereas within the American Hockey League. Kane challenged the Sharks’ choice by submitting a grievance via the NHL Players’ Association. The two sides reached a settlement in September.

Kane was additionally accused of home assault in 2021 when his ex-wife Anna Kane filed a restraining order in opposition to him throughout their divorce proceedings, with allegations of sexual assault and a number of alleged cases of home battery included within the paperwork.

Kane had obtained a short lived restraining order in opposition to his ex-wife in August 2021, claiming he was abused on 4 completely different events from 2019 to 2021.

The NHL investigated the home abuse claims in opposition to Kane however stated in October 2021 the allegations couldn’t be substantiated.

The Oilers additionally signed Jake Virtanen to knowledgeable tryout settlement on Sept. 19, after he was discovered not responsible of sexual assault. The 26-year-old was launched from the PTO on Oct. 6.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 14, 2022.



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