Former professional ice hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is calling on Hockey Canada CEO Scott Smith, his leadership team and board of directors to resign immediately, according to a statement released Tuesday.
“After 26 years of advocating for victims, I can no longer sit idly by,” Kennedy said in a statement on Twitter.
Hockey Canada released a plan to deal with ‘toxic’ behavior ahead of the hearing.
Kennedy’s statement comes after Hockey Canada announced plans to combat any “toxic” behavior in hockey.
The plan was announced a day before the start of the second round of parliamentary hearings on the organisation’s alleged sexual assault complaint.
In his statement, Kennedy wrote that “expecting different results from the same people with a new plan” is the definition of insanity.
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“Enough is enough,” he wrote.
Child abuse attorney Sheldon Kennedy
In 1996, Kennedy revealed that his coach Graham James had sexually assaulted him during his time in the Western Hockey League between 1984 and 1990.
Since then, Kennedy has been an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse in sports, particularly hockey.
James was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in 1997 and banned from coaching for life by the Canadian Hockey Association. After his sentence expired, James faced more sexual assault charges in 2015 while serving a five-year sentence for abusing former NHL player Theo Fleury.
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– With files from The Canadian Press
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