The Ontario Hockey League Commissioner says his organization was unable to support the players.
David Branch says he didn’t know how bad hazing was for players like Daniel Carcillo. This week, Carcillo and the other players have made allegations of cruel hazing.
In an interview with CBC Sports, the department called the charges "disgusting."
“We failed Dan and the other players in my gaze, and this is shocking. You know, I don't know how else to say it, ”says Phil.
During the past few days, four members of 2002 Sarnia Sting spoke to tell their stories about what they had experienced.
“I left home at 17 to pursue my dream of getting into the NHL and making something of myself. And the fact that I and 11 of us had to endure this year was daily violence, ”says Carcillo, who continued to win two Stanley Cups with Chicago Blackhawks.
OHL Commissioner David Bank spoke to @IoannaCBC about the alleged case of hazing in 2003, when former NHLer Daniel Carcillo said that he and other newcomers were stuffed into the washroom on a charter bus. pic.twitter.com/9QSij55xTg
Carcillo was detailed, being stuffed into a bus bath naked and having teammates, he did not care about tobacco juice. He also said that the players were stripped naked, tied and beaten with a toothed stick.
Carcillo contacted the Department directly.
Some of his teammates, including goalkeeper Ryan Muns, quickly came to confirm Carcillo’s allegations and tell their stories.
"The guys who played the role of KKK [Ku Klux Klan] because I met a girl of a different nationality, making signs to Hitler in front of our Jewish teammate before he cried, ”Muns recalls.
“This is a regular day of abuse, associated with a guy on the table and beating him with belts and things, this was the“ rookie of the day ”.
See Daniel Carcillo for details of the abuses he suffered at 17:
The branch says that Carcillo contacted him directly during this season about what was happening in Sarnia. He visited the team to investigate, but the management and coaching staff said that no serious incidents had occurred.
“There was one situation that they described that, although it was dangerous, in my opinion, this was not what required any particular discipline,” recalls Phil.
“This situation was that the recruits were placed in the laundry basket of the team and pushed along the corridor, and you know that they are recklessly bouncing off the walls and things of this nature. And it really was what led me to the discussion and how I remember.
Jeff Perry, Sarnia head coach in 2002–03, initially challenged Carcillo’s claims that management was aware of the abuses. However, Carcillo tweeted on Thursday that Perry was among the leadership members who took responsibility.
These past 3 days have been extremely emotional & amp; transformative.
The healing process began.
I have now heard from good veterans, the general director, the head coach, etc. The assistant coach of the team 03 & amp; Commissioner, who all took responsibility …
& Mdash;@ CarBombBoom13
The call for Perry CBC Sports on Wednesday, demanding further comments, was not returned.
The branch says that a significant change in the league about hazing occurred in 2005. This year, the league released a large set of fines and suspensions of the Windsor Spitfires in a number of hazing incidents.
“It was the first time and, frankly, the only time he came to me about the problems associated with initiation, hazing, etc.,” says Phil.
However, he says that the league has introduced a number of initiatives, including a policy of giving up tolerance.
"We had to support the players,"
“We had to support the players, make sure that they understand what is right, what is acceptable and what is not. And more importantly, I would suggest, here's how you can contact if you don’t like to go to your coach or CEO, ”says Philadelphia.
The branch also points to a number of mental health programs introduced to the league.
“People look at our league, that this is the leading league number 1 in the world for the National Hockey League, which it is. But our focus over the past 10-15 years is how do we support a person? And this is where we have achieved such tremendous progress that we are so proud of. ”
Observe how the former teammate Carcillo repeats the experience of ill-treatment:
Others in the hockey community seem to reflect the mood of the Branch, that hazing is a by-product of the old hockey culture that no longer exists.
“I think there should be an understanding that the situation has changed a lot,” says Eric Welwood, OHL's Fire Flird Firebird trainer.
“Thanks to my experience in the OHL, since I was 16 years old in 2006, before I became the head coach in the league, they eliminated all those bad, bad things that surround the league – in particular, and in the end “I think that ONL is trustworthy and should not be smeared with a story that may be true, but it happened a long time ago.”
On Thursday evening, OHL issued a statement reaffirming its commitment to anti-hazing policy.
“In the light of recent attention given to the problem of hazing, the league spoke with the leadership of the team, and all our member teams provide retraining to all employees and players on this most important topic,” the statement said.
"We hope that through conversation, education, and awareness of the attitudes that lead to dedovshchina behavior and these inconceivable actions, disappear from sports and society."
Hope it happened
A number of current NHL players have also responded to Carcilho's comments, including Vancouver Canucks, striker Bo Horvat.
“It’s hard to hear such things, but I think that in my era of junior hockey this form has disappeared,” says Horvath.
“I heard a lot about it and heard that guys have passed over the past years, but I think we really hacked it when I started coming to junior school, so I didn’t get such things. The God."
Carcillo and others who have come forward are hoping that Branch and Croat are right. Carcillo also says that he appreciates members of Sarnia Sting, who turned to talk about what happened.
At the same time, changes in hockey do not occur overnight.
“When you are especially focused on the goal, it’s scary what you will take to try to achieve this goal,” says Carcillo.
“And if you talk, and if you talk too much in the world of hockey, and you ask too many questions, they don’t like it. They would like you to be a good little soldier and do what they said. ”