Four NHL Players Charged with Sexual Assault in Connection with Alleged Assault by Canada’s 2018 World Junior Team

Four NHL players have been charged with sexual assault in connection with an alleged assault by several members of Canada’s 2018 world junior team. The players charged in the case are Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers, Michael McLeod and Cal Foote of the New Jersey Devils, and Dillon Dube of the Calgary Flames.

Attorneys representing the accused players have vehemently denied any wrongdoing on behalf of their clients. Carter Hart’s lawyers, Megan Savard and Riaz Sayani, stated that their client is facing one count of sexual assault and emphasized his innocence, promising a full response in a court of law. Legal teams representing McLeod and Dube also asserted their clients’ innocence and stated that they would be pleading not guilty.

The NHL has not yet addressed the situation, but Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to speak at the league’s upcoming All-Star Weekend. The players’ respective teams, including the Devils and the Flyers, have expressed awareness of the charges and have stated that they will respond appropriately once the outcomes of the investigations are made public.

These developments come just days after former NHL player Alex Formenton surrendered to police to face charges related to the same incident. Formenton’s attorney, Daniel Brown, has maintained his client’s innocence and urged people not to rush to judgment without hearing all the evidence.

The investigation into the alleged assault began in 2022 after it was revealed that Hockey Canada had settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by eight members of the gold medal-winning team after a fundraising gala. The woman alleged that she was taken from a bar to a hotel room by a man identified as “John Doe #1,” where she was then subjected to undisclosed sexual acts by seven other individuals. She further claimed that she was intimidated and prevented from leaving the room.

London police, who launched the investigation, have scheduled a news conference to address the situation. However, no updates on the investigation will be provided before the conference takes place.

The NHL had initiated its own investigation in 2022 and has pledged to make the findings public. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated that the league would issue a statement when appropriate.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the players involved have taken leaves of absence from their respective clubs. Carter Hart requested and was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons, while McLeod and Foote were granted indefinite leaves of absence by the Devils without providing a specific reason. Dube’s leave of absence from the Flames is related to his mental health.

The seriousness of the charges and the impact on the players’ careers and personal lives cannot be understated. The presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial are paramount, and the legal teams representing the accused players are prepared to vigorously defend their clients in court.

 

 

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