Sport minister says Hockey Canada leadership still must change after interim board chair resigns

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Canada’s minister of sport says Hockey Canada must proceed to transition to a brand new leadership workforce.

Pascale St-Onge issued the assertion on Sunday, a day after Andrea Skinner resigned because the interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of administrators. The nationwide sport group continues to attract widespread criticism for its dealing with of an alleged group sexual assault involving members of the 2018 males’s nationwide junior workforce, and the way it has paid out settlements in lawsuits.

Skinner, who took on the function in August after Michael Brind’Amour resigned from the submit, stepped down after she testified earlier than Parliament’s standing committee on Canadian Heritage on Tuesday.

St-Onge mentioned that Skinner and Brind’Amour’s resignations are “steps in the fitting path.”

“It must now be adopted by a strategy of significant change in Hockey Canada’s values and tradition,” mentioned St-Onge in a press release. “We hope that the remaining members work actively towards the transition to a brand new leadership and governance workforce, one that may put in place the coaching and assist that gamers require, and create an setting freed from sexual violence, maltreatment and discrimination.”

Skinner and Brind’Amour have been grilled by the committee on Tuesday. Members of Parliament demanded in committee hearings to know why Hockey Canada president Scott Smith has not but been fired.

Skinner vigorously defended the nationwide sports activities group’s leadership group on the Parliamentary listening to. She insisted hockey should not be made a “scapegoat” or “centrepiece” for toxic tradition that exists elsewhere in society, and referred to politicians who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct.

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Interim Hockey Canada board chair Andrea Skinner handed in her resignation days after a heated parliamentary committee assembly the place she defended the group’s dealing with of sexual assault allegations involving previous junior gamers. Some within the hockey neighborhood hope it is the beginning of actual change.

St-Onge mentioned in her assertion that Hockey Canada’s mission assertion goes past on-ice efficiency.

“We count on Hockey Canada to develop not solely distinctive athletes, but additionally to teach and develop residents who respect ladies, the general public and Canadian legislation,” mentioned St-Onge.

Sebastien Lemire, a Bloc-Quebecois MP who sits on the standing committee on Canadian Heritage, tweeted in French on Sunday that “for the nice of all” Hockey Canada must proceed to scrub home.

Fallout from Skinner and Brind’Amour’s testimony got here shortly.

Pausing assist for hockey’s governing physique

Nike suspended company sponsorship of Hockey Canada on Friday to affix three different premier companions — Tim Hortons, Esso and Telus — in pausing assist for hockey’s governing physique.

More provincial hockey associations started withholding participant charges from Hockey Canada.

Hockey N.L. and Hockey New Brunswick each withdrew their $3-per-player charges Friday following Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

“Upon reflection, it’s clear to me from latest occasions that it now not is smart for me to proceed to volunteer my time as Interim Chair or as a Director of the group,” wrote Skinner in Saturday’s assertion.

The Toronto lawyer mentioned she has been “gratified” for the chance to work with folks within the group, “regardless of latest challenges.”

“I sincerely admire the assist I’ve obtained from many Canadians, notably ladies, who additionally search to positively affect the sport and sport,” Skinner wrote.

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