From coast to coast, thousands of Canadian families spend their time in hockey rinks — forming bonds and growing the game.
Recently, the highest level of professional hockey has had a dark spotlight cast on it over allegations of coaching misconduct, ranging from racial slurs to physical abuse.
The allegations have led to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly releasing a joint statement that outlines a thorough review of the league that aims to result in, “ensuring that hockey is an open and inclusive sport at all levels.”
For many Canadians who have spent much of their lives inside hockey rinks, the allegations aren’t surprising, said Dave Hessian, a former junior hockey coach.
“When I first started, there were much more racial slurs and verbal abuse and I’d even seen a coach grab a face-mask, or something. Some of those are heat of the moment things and there’s no intent behind it but at the same time, there’s just absolutes and you absolutely can’t behave that way.”
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