‘New Era’ | Resignation Tendering Chair Hockey Board Canada

Because it would be “futile to wait before starting a new era,” Hockey Club Canada chairman Michael Brindmore announced on Saturday that he had tendered his resignation. He claims he is not “able to carry out this renewal” that the organization needs.

Posted at 9:24 AM
Updated at 9:58 am.

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Henry Owlette Vesina

My last term ends in November 2022, and I know there is no need to wait before a new era begins. It is imperative to act immediately to address the significant challenges facing our organization and sport for which our action plan has been developed. I will not be able to carry out this renewal, and therefore I have announced my resignation from the Board of Directors,” Mr. Brindmore said in a statement.

He says he was “reassured” of Judge Thomas Cromwell’s appointment, earlier this week, to review the organisation’s governance. “This review will help us make the necessary changes. I am sure that the recommendations will guide the organization towards the desired changes,” said the outgoing president.

The latter says “I wish all success to my successors,” and swears to “listen carefully to the comments of Canadians regarding the culture of our sport, the culture of our organization, our business and our leadership.” “I understand that the measures we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution,” he said.

In the middle of a crisis

Canada Hockey has been in hot water since last spring. It was first revealed that the organization had settled out of court a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by eight players after a 2018 organizing party in London, Ont. After flimsy presentations before a parliamentary committee, several politicians have called for the resignations of Canada Hockey Executives in recent weeks. Even Federal Sports Minister Pascal Saint Ong has stopped allocating federal funds to Hockey Canada.

In the process, TSN also revealed that players from Junior Team Canada sexually assaulted a young woman in Halifax on the sidelines of the World Championships in 2003. The assault was recorded and the victim was unconscious during the assault.

Earlier this week, Tuesday, Journalism It stated that the Sports Federation published false information about the victim. Last May, when allegations of gang rape against the eight hockey players surfaced, Hockey Canada widely publicized information that the victim had never contacted authorities. However, in her first public appearance since the case was revealed, the young woman asserts that she has already lodged a complaint with the London Police.

In a press release, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors on Saturday acknowledged that it has “work to be done to raise our expectations from all stakeholders in the game of hockey, and thereby promote positive behavior from local programs to national teams.” Its board of directors and its members will meet “in the next few days” to appoint an interim president whose identity is still unknown at this stage.

However, the sports organization thanked Mr. Brindmore for his “leadership” and “many contributions to the sport” over the years, noting that “a special focus” has been placed under his leadership on “inclusion, including increasing the presence of women in hockey and safe sports.” “.

The next election to the Hockey Canada Board of Directors will take place during its annual meeting, scheduled for next November.

With Simon-Olivier Lorange, Journalismand the Canadian press

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