The 2018 World Juniors team players facing sexual assault allegations have been revealed
The GIST: The five players at the center of an investigation into sexual assault allegations against members of Canada’s gold medal–winning 2018 World Juniors team have been revealed.
- TSN reported yesterday that NHLers Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers), Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils), Dillon Dube (Calgary Flames), and Cal Foote (New Jersey Devils) have been directed to surrender to police, news that comes after former NHLer Alex Formenton turned himself in on Sunday.
The context: The five players, who took eyebrow-raising leaves of absence from their respective teams last week, are accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a June 2018 gala celebrating their World Juniors title.
- An initial police investigation yielded no accountability and was closed in 2019, but it was later reopened in 2022 after the woman filed a $3.5M lawsuit against Hockey Canada.
- That suit was settled out of court but prompted further reporting revealing that Hockey Canada had not one, not two, but three slush funds for sexual assault settlements. Disgusting.
What’s next: London (Ontario) police will hold a press conference next Monday to provide updates in the ongoing case and the players are expected to turn themselves in before then.
- The major news also comes with this weekend’s NHL All-Star festivities looming and still no word from the league on their ongoing investigation into the allegations. Tick tock.