Friday , May 14 2021

"We failed Dan and other players": OHL commissioner called allegations of abuse "sick"

The Hockey League's commissioner in Ontario says his organization has failed the players under their care.

David Branch says he does not know how bad he was hazing for players like Daniel Carcillo. Karchilo and other players announced this week with allegations of brutal exhaustion.

In an interview with PS Sport, the affiliate called the claims "sick".

"We failed Dan and the other players involved in my view, and this is shocking. You know, I do not know how to set it," the branch said.

Over the last few days, four members of Sarnia Sting from 2002-03 went out to tell their stories about what they had gone through.

"I moved from home to 17 years old to follow my dream to make it to the NHL and do something to myself. And what I and 11 of us had to endure that year was an everyday abuse," says Karsilo, who won two Stanley piles with Chicago Blackhawks.

Carcillo is thoroughly stuffed in a bus bath naked and teammates spit the tobacco juice on it. He also told players to be fired naked, tied and beaten with sharp criticism by the goalkeeper.

Karkilo contacted the branch directly

Some of his team-mates, including goalkeeper Ryan Munchee, quickly began to confirm Karkil's claims and tell their stories.

"There are guys who acted like the KCK [Ku Klux Klan] because I was hanging out with a girl of different nationality, made Hitler a sign before our Jewish counterpart until a tear came in, "recalls Munchee.

"This is a constant day of abuse, a day out, a tied man on the table and beat him with belts and things, it was" rookie of the day. ""

Watch Daniel Karsilo with the details of the abuse he endured at 17:

The Stanley Cup double champion discusses the incident he remembers most graphically when he says one of his DVD coaches has been involved in whipping a teammate with a belt. 0:51

The affiliate says that Karquillo contacted him directly during that season for what happened in Sarnia. He visited the research team, but the management and coach were told that there were no serious incidents.

"There was a situation they described, which, although it was dangerous in my opinion, was not something that called for a particular discipline," recalls the branch.

"This situation was the rookie players put in the truck's quilts and pushed down the hall and you know the kind of inattentive bouts off the walls and things of that nature. And that was really the volume of what came to me and the discussion such as I remember. "

Jeff Perry, a Sarnia coach in 2002-03, initially challenged Karkily's claims that management was aware of the abuse. However, Karchilo announced on Thursday that Perry is among the members of the leadership, who took responsibility.

Call for Perry from PS Sport on Wednesday demanding an additional comment was not returned.

The affiliate says the main change in the league over chaos came in 2005. That year, the league issued a large set of fines and suspensions of Windsor Spitfires due to a series of chaos incidents.

"This was the first time and, quite frankly, the only time I got into questions about initiation, preservation and the like," the branch said.

However, he says the league has initiated a series of initiatives, including the policy of zero tolerance.

"We had to support the players"

"We had to support the players, to ensure that they understood what is right, what is acceptable, what is not. More importantly, I would suggest, here's how you can tap if you are not happy to go to your own coach or general manager, "The branch says.

The affiliate also points to a number of mental health programs that have established the League.

"People see in our league that this is No. 1 for the development league in the world for the National Hockey League, which is it. But our focus over the past 10 to 15 years is how to support the personality and that's where we made such a huge progress, for which we are proud. "

See how former Carcillo teammate resists abuse experiences:

In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Sarnia Sting's former goalkeeper, Ryan Munce, explains the abuse she suffered while playing a young hockey. 3:11

Others in the hockey community seem to reflect the affiliate's feelings that chaotic play is a by-product of an old hockey culture that no longer exists.

"I think there needs to be an understanding that things have changed greatly," says Erik Velwood, the coach of Flint Firebirds at OHL.

"Through my experience in the transmission line, from the time I was 16 years old back in 2006 while I was not the head coach of the league, they eliminated all these bad, bad things surrounding the league – especially, and in the end, I think the DVD deserves credit and not to blur the story that may be true, but it happened long ago. "

On Thursday night, OHL issued a statement reiterating its commitment to anti-hazing policy.

"In the wake of the recent attention paid to the chaos issue, the league spoke with the management team, and all of our team members provide refreshment for all employees and players for this most important topic," the statement said.

"Our hope is that through conversation, education and awareness, attitudes that lead to astonishment of behavior and these unimaginable actions disappear from sports and society."

I hope this change happened

A number of current NHL players also reacted to Karkil's comments, including Vancouver Canucks ahead Bo Horvath.

"It's hard to hear such things, but I think that such faded in my era of the younger hockey," Horvat said.

"I've heard a lot about it and I've heard what the guys have been doing in the past years, but I think we really broke up when they started coming to the younger ones, so I did not get any such things, God."

Karkilo and others who are expecting hope Branch and Horvat are right. Karkilo also says she appreciates members of Sarnia Sting, who came to discuss what had happened.

At the same time, the change in hockey does not happen overnight.

"When you're only focused on the goal, it's kind of terrible that you will accept to try to achieve that goal," says Karkilo.

"And if you talk and if you talk too much in the hockey world and ask many questions, they do not like that. They would like to be a good soldier and do what they say."

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