Sportsnet: Sponsors withdrew support from the Ice Hockey Federation of Canada due to sex scandal
MOSCOW, 6 Oct – Tim Hortons and Scotiabank have withdrawn their sponsorship of Hockey Canada’s men’s hockey programs for the 2022/23 season following a sex scandal involving members of the youth national team, Sportsnet reports.
Among these programs is the forthcoming Youth World Championship, which will be held in Halifax and Moncton. The tournament was originally supposed to be held from December 26 to January 5, 2023 in Novosibirsk and Omsk, however, due to the situation in Ukraine, the board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) deprived Russia of the right to host the tournament.
The Quebec Ice Hockey Federation also said it had lost confidence in Hockey Canada and stopped transferring funds to the national federation.
In May, TSN reported that a 24-year-old woman filed a lawsuit in Ontario Supreme Court in April alleging that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted in a hotel room in June 2018. Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), and eight unnamed CHL players, including members of the 2018 Canada Youth Team, were named as defendants in the case. The accusations against the players were not proven in court then, the lawsuit was eventually withdrawn after an agreement between the woman and Hockey Canada.
Hockey Canada announced in mid-July that it had reopened its investigation into alleged sexual abuse by former youth team players and also apologized for the lack of response to the allegations.