The CHL and its three member organisations – the WHL, hockey League and Ontario hockey League major junior of Quebec – are listed as defendants, as are the 60 teams that play under the umbrella of the CHL.A statement of Koskie Minsky LLP, the law firm representing Carcillo and Taylor, said that the action ” is in the name of the children aged 15 to 17 years who have been assaulted sexually and physically, scrambled and otherwise ill-treated while they were away from home and play for the teams of the CHL “.
None of the allegations has been proven in the courts.
“We have not received any legal document and we therefore have no comment for the moment,” said the CHL in an email to The Canadian Press.
Carcillo, who played for the Sarnia Sting of the League of Ontario from 2002 to 2005, and Taylor claim to have suffered ill-treatment while playing major junior hockey.
The trial sought damages for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract, and a statement that the teams and leagues are vicariously liable for the abuse perpetrated by their employees and players.
“This case concerns minors minors who have suffered a hazing violent, physical assault, and sexual and psychological trauma while they played in major junior hockey,” said Mr. Carcillo in a press release. “I was one of those kids when I played in the League of Ontario. I know that there are many more like me.”
Carcillo has played a part of nine seasons in the NHL and has won rings for the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013 and 2015. It defends the rights of players since his retirement in 2015.
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