Taylor McKee, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Brock University, had a piece recently published in the The Conversation about the ongoing scandal at Hockey Canada and the troubling response of the organization’s leadership.
“Two gruelling days of parliamentary hearings into Hockey Canada’s sexual assault scandals have revealed deep troubles with the organization’s governance, leadership and culture.
Most troubling was how Hockey Canada and Canadian Hockey League officials who appeared before the committee chose to respond to questioning from members of Parliament. Their recalcitrant attitudes suggest that change under the current leadership will be impossible.
The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage was looking into Hockey Canada’s handling of allegations of the group sexual assault of a woman by members of the 2018 men’s world junior team at a celebration event in London, Ont., held months after the tournament.
A number of sports experts from across the country sent an open letter to the parliamentary committee expressing their concerns that “sexual violence and misogyny are deeply rooted problems in men’s ice hockey.”
Unfortunately, at the end of two days of hearings, there are far more questions regarding Canadian hockey culture than answers.”