Hockey Quebec suspends sending registration fees to Hockey Canada

Hockey Quebec has voted to freeze all fees sent to Hockey Canada this season, citing a lack of confidence in the organization’s current structure.

In a resolution obtained by La Presse, Hockey Quebec says it does not « have confidence in Hockey Canada’s ability to act effectively to change the culture of hockey with the structure in place ».

Hockey Quebec also said it had issues with the way Hockey Canada’s action plan was written. The organization said it was designed with the help of a private crisis management company and found it « disturbing » that no sex abuse experts or organizations were consulted.

The player registration fee is $3 per player. Hockey Quebec will continue to pay the amounts used to cover insurance costs.

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Earlier Tuesday, federal sports minister Pascale St-Onge called on regional hockey federations to pressure Hockey Canada to make changes.

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage interviewed former Hockey Canada president Michael Brind’Amour and interim president Andrea Skinner about the group’s handling of sexual assault allegations while pressuring Hockey Canada to it changes direction.

Skinner said the removal of the current leaders « would have a very negative impact on our boys and girls who play hockey. Will the lights stay on in the rink? I do not know. We can’t predict that, and to me it’s not a risk worth taking.

A Globe on Mail report on Monday revealed that Hockey Canada has created a second, undisclosed fund to help settle sexual assault lawsuits or other claims. The Participants Legacy Trust Fund was launched in 1999 as a reserve by transferring funds from the National Equity Fund.

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Hockey Canada has come under fire for arranging for CEO Scott Smith – a centerpiece of the entire investigation – to hand out medals to the women’s world championship team this summer. Hockey Canada also hosted the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the World Junior Championship, with the hosts winning gold in both cases.

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