Manitobans demand change at Hockey Canada after multiple scandals

Among the critics is Hockey Winnipeg, which represents approximately 10,000 players. I’m not sure things can change without a change in leadershipsays the organization’s president, Daryl Fowler.

Faced with the torrent of criticism that followed the revelation of these sexual assault cases, the organization replaced the chairman of its board of directors and created a position of director of sports safety – abuse, harassment and abuse .

He will be responsible for creating a new player selection program and complaint tracking system.

In addition, a former Supreme Court justice has been appointed to review the organization’s governance structure.

These measures do not convince Mr. Fowler who thinks it is necessary to go further. We want to see real accountability. We want to know that we are heard and that our members are well represented.

With the hockey tryouts just weeks away, Fowler says he’s been getting a lot of calls from worried parents. $ par joueur qui sont envoyés à Hockey Canada chaque année.”,”text”:”Ils veulent savoir à quoi servent les frais de 23,80$ par joueur qui sont envoyés à Hockey Canada chaque année.”}}”>They want to know what the $23.80 per player fee that is sent to Hockey Canada each year is for.

According to him, many parents are concerned that this money could have been paid into a fund of Hockey Canada which was intended to cover sexual assaults.

Educator and author of The Bullied BrainJennifer Fraser, believes in giving players, parents and victims the means to speak out, holding leaders to account.

We need a law that says if you cover up a crime like child abuse or gang rape, you are criminally responsible. It would make a huge change. »

A quote from Jennifer Fraser, educator and author of The Bullied Brain

As a reminder, Hockey Canada has been under scrutiny since a woman filed a lawsuit in April for a sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018 by 8 players, including members of the world junior team.

Consequences for personal development

The culture is considered toxic within this sport by some stakeholders, who now want to make positive changes in hockey.

An associate professor at Brandon University’s Faculty of Education and former elite hockey player, Tim Skuce, says he was disturbed by some of the things he saw in locker rooms and at sporting events he attended. participated in the 1970s and 1980s.

I heard misogynistic comments, homophobic slurs, evidence of hypermasculinity. »

A quote from Tim Skuce, former elite hockey player

As a college student, he decided to study hockey culture. His research showed that some players were still deeply scarred by their experiences years later, and wished they could talk about it back then.

Tim Skuce is pictured aged 21 during the Atlantic University Athletic Association All-Star Game.

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Skuce

According to Tim Skuce, this toxic climate in which the players are immersed is deeply rooted in them and helps to shape the men they become.

He then wonders if he should enroll his 10-year-old son in hockey. How could this influence the development of his personality and his view of women?dreads Mr. Skuce.

Hope for a change

The former player hopes the recent scandals will drive change. I am cautiously optimistic that this particular case could be the watershed moment to say, “Enough is enough.”

Manitoba hockey coaches, like Jean-Pierre Vigier, want to encourage all attempts at change. We cannot stay in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s 2022, it’s time for a change.

A man standing in front of a skating rink.

Jean-Pierre Vigier, wants to change the culture of hockey from an early age.

Photo: Radio Canada

Mr. Vigier adds that the parents of players fear that their children will be exposed to an unhealthy culture. That’s why things should be different from the player’s encounter with the sport.

We have to show young people that they are not above the law because they play hockey, no one is. »

A quote from Jean-Pierre Vigier, head coach at Vigier Hockey and former NHL player

The coach deeply believes that culture changes in Hockey will have a snowball effect on the culture of other sports.

With information from Karen Pauls and Émile Lapointe

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