The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the Ontario superior Court in Toronto by the former players of the CHL Dan Carcillo and Garrett Taylor. The record does not specify what type of damages the plaintiffs seek.
“The survivors of such abuse have occurred and continue to occur to this day,” says the lawsuit. “However, the accused have willfully ignored or failed to deal reasonably this abuse is institutionalized and systemic. Rather than respond to these abuses, or make serious attempts to prevent them, the accused have, rather, perpetuated a toxic environment that tolerates violent behaviour, discriminatory, racist, sexualized and homophobic, including physical and sexual assault, against the minor players that they are obliged to protect. . ”
The president of the CHL, Dan MacKenzie, did not respond to an email seeking comment. The allegations against the CHL have not been proven and the league has not filed its defence against the claims.
The LCH has recently agreed to a settlement of $ 30 million in the framework of a collective action for minimum wage. The league is also faced with another proposed class action lawsuit regarding concussions.
Most of the players in the CHL are in the hockey League of the Ontario hockey League West and the national hockey League the Quebec major junior at the age of 16 or 17 years old, and many play up to the age of 20 years.
“The majority of these children are leaving their homes and their families to play hockey for a team in a different city, away from their parents,” the lawsuit says. “The imbalance of power between these children and the older players, coaches, team officials and league is extreme. The possibilities of abuse of power are ubiquitous, and the defendants have failed in their duty to protect the children in their care. The result is decades of abuse endemic to children who have left the class with injuries emotional and physical that have nothing to do with hockey, and who do not have their place in the sport. ”
Carcillo played for the Sarnia Sting of the League of Ontario from the summer of 2002 when he was 17 years old. Him and about 12 other recruits Sting to have suffered “abuse almost constant during the entire 2002-03 season,” says the lawsuit.
“During the showers, the recruits had to sit naked in the middle of the shower room while the older players urinating, spitting of saliva and tobacco “, says the release of 46 pages. “At least once, the head coach came into the shower room while this was happening, laughed and left.”
“The recruits have been hit repeatedly on the bare buttocks with a goalie stick cut-off, developing large welts and open wounds, the lawsuit says.
“The injuries were so severe that they could not sit down, even during the course of the local high school. They informed the staff of the team of these abuses, which have not ceased. ”
After that Carcillo and another player, the Sting have reported the alleged abuse while they played for the national team of Canada’s world Championship U18 2003 IIHF, the League of Ontario conducted an informal survey on the claims. The lawsuit alleges that no finding has been made, that the perpetrators have not been punished, and that no action has been taken to remedy the abuse.
Carcillo, who was a member of two teams, the Blackhawks of Chicago winners of the Stanley cup in the NHL, has acknowledged his role in the bullying of young players.
“I was a bad person and a bad teammate,” said Carcillo to USA Today, in 2019. “But I also know that I’m not born this way. I appropriate my actions, but the league wanted a certain type of player. They wanted me to play a certain way, so this is what I’m transformed into a sport. ”
Taylor has played for the Hurricanes in Lethbridge in the WHL beginning in the summer of 2008, when he was 17 years old. The prosecution alleged that he and several other recruits, the Hurricanes have suffered ill-treatment throughout the 2008-2009 season. The abuse was perpetrated by older players of the Hurricanes of Lethbridge and the staff of the team, says the trial.
“During training sessions as a team, the head coach took Taylor aside and asked him to fight other players of 16 or 17 years of age in order to increase the level of “intensity” of the team, ” says the lawsuit. “This has happened many times. Taylor was severely affected during the course of a fight in the training and he and other members of the team have suffered other injuries during the fighting. ”
The head coach of the Hurricanes, would have provided a credit card team to one of the older players to buy the alcohol for the evening rookie team. The recruits of 16 and 17 years had to dress up in women’s clothing and were forced to consume large quantities of alcohol, to the point of fainting and vomiting, according to the lawsuit.
The family of Taylor was manifested in 2018, saying he had been abused as a player of the Western League.
At the time, the WHL has announced that she will hire a former staff member of the RCMP to investigate. The league has refused to publish the results of this survey.