On Thursday, Hockey Manitoba released the following statement related to the ongoing Hockey Canada scandal. Despite initially holding back its collective tongue, the governing body of hockey in Manitoba has made it clear that change is necessary from the top-down at Hockey Canada.
Earlier in the day, various sponsorships announced their permanent separation from Hockey Canada following a hold-out during the summer world juniors as accusations of mismanagement continued to compile. TSN – one of Hockey Canada’s main broadcasters – also issued a statement acknowledging its stance against abuse, while also demanding change.
This came hours after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments that Hockey Canada could be replaced as an entity, altogether.
“There needs to be wholesale change, they need to do it, they need to realize that if we have to create an organization — get rid of Hockey Canada — and create an organization called Canada Hockey instead, people will look at doing that,” Trudeau said Thursday morning. “There is a lack of understanding that they have lost the confidence of Canadians. The sooner they get to that, the better it will be for everyone.”
Later in the day, Hockey Nova Scotia announced the suspension of sending its participant assessment fees to Hockey Canada this season, while Hockey Quebec actually announced it would be severing all ties with Hockey Canada. Hockey Manitoba’s stance wasn’t quite as dire, but it did provide a heavy emphasis on complete and utter change.
The full Hockey Manitoba letter is provided below:
“Hockey Manitoba Board of Directors support the call by Members of Parliament for a change in Hockey Canada’s leadership at the Sr. Staff level and Board of Directors.
Further, Hockey Manitoba calls for a review of the Hockey Canada Action Plan to include consultation from experts or organizations working in education, awareness and prevention of sexual violence, abuse, bullying, and discrimination.
At this time, Hockey Manitoba representatives will not be offering further statements regarding the ongoing and fluid situation with Hockey Canada.
In this time media members are asked to respect this request and the valuable time of staff and volunteers as they navigate this unprecedented period in hockey governance all while administering the game we love in order to launch the 2022-23 season.
Updates and media opportunities will be made once further developments unfold on the national scene, namely the thorough review of the upcoming report from the Honourable Thomas Cromwell C.C., along with further attention to the situation being addressed around Hockey Canada leadership and the Hockey Canada Action Plan.”
Hockey Manitoba Board of Directors