Today, Quebec’s legislature is holding hearings to examine violence in hockey hazing rituals and if similar practices are present in other sports. This comes after a recent Ontario court decision revealed disturbing details of sexual assault and torture endured by teenage hockey players in Canada’s three major junior hockey leagues. Testifying today are representatives from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League, the governing body for the country’s three major junior leagues. Additionally, McGill University, which suspended its football program for a year in 2005 due to a student being sexually assaulted with a broom handle during a hazing party, was asked to speak about past hazing incidents. After criticism from the province’s opposition parties, the university reversed its decision to not testify. Earlier this month, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court accepted evidence that former players were subjected to “horrific and despicable and unquestionably criminal acts” during initiations. However, he denied a request to certify a class-action lawsuit against the hockey leagues and their teams.
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