Timeline: Hockey Canada's handling of 2018 sexual assault allegations

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A timeline of Hockey Canada's response to an alleged sexual assault involving eight players at an event in London, Ont., in 2018:

Jan. 5, 2018 – Canada's world junior hockey team defeats Sweden in the gold-medal final in Buffalo, N.Y.

June 18, 2018 – Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf event begins in London, Ont.

June 19, 2018 – A woman's stepfather informs Hockey Canada she alleges she was sexually assaulted by eight players while intoxicated the previous night following the event. Hockey Canada says it informed London police, which opened an investigation. Hockey Canada subsequently opened its own third-party investigation using a Toronto law firm.

June 2018 – Hockey Canada says it informed Sport Canada of the alleged incident.

February 2019 – Hockey Canada says London police informed the organization its criminal investigation was closed. Hockey Canada says the woman declined to speak with authorities or its own investigators.

September 2020 – Hockey Canada says it closed its investigation.

April 2022 – The woman files a statement of claim seeking $3.55 million in damages from Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League and the eight unnamed players.

May 2022 – Hockey Canada settles the lawsuit with the woman for an undisclosed amount out of court.

May 2022 – Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney calls Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge to tell her TSN will be breaking the story in the coming days. St-Onge says the conversation is the first time she's heard of the alleged incident or settlement.

May 26, 2022 – TSN reports the details of the alleged assault and settlement.

June 2, 2022 – St-Onge orders a forensic audit of Hockey Canada to ensure no public funds were used as part of the settlement.

June 20, 2022 – Renney and Hockey Canada president Scott Smith are grilled by MPs during a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage meeting about the organization's response to the alleged assault and subsequent out-of-court-settlement. Smith and Renney testify the 19 players on the team present in London were "strongly encouraged" to speak with third-party investigators, but were not mandated to do so. Hockey Canada adds it does not know the identities of the eight players in question. Smith also testified Hockey Canada has reported three sexual assault complaints in recent years, including the London incident, but wouldn't discuss the other two in front of the committee.

June 22, 2022 – St-Onge announces a freeze to Hockey Canada's federal funding until the organization discloses recommendations made by the third-party law firm and becomes a signatory to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner, a new government agency with the power to investigate abuse complaints and levy sanctions.

June 22, 2002 – The House of Commons unanimously approves a Bloc Quebecois motion to pursue an independent investigation that will look into how Hockey Canada dealt with the allegations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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