The chairman of the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada said Friday evening to resign.
Michael Brind’Amour resigned amid calls to reform Hockey Canada’s leadership to deal with recent allegations of player sexual assault, including two alleged incidents from 2003 and 2018.
In a statement released Saturday, Brind’Amour said his last term will expire in November 2022, but he has decided to resign because “there is no need to wait for a new era”.
Hockey Canada said the Board of Directors and members will meet in the coming days to discuss next steps and appoint an interim chairman.
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Brind’Amour said “immediate action” is critical for Hockey Canada to address the “key challenges facing our organization and our sport”.
“I would not be able to pass this extension and have therefore announced my resignation from the Board of Directors.”
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Brind’Amour said he has “listened carefully and attentively to Canadians’ comments about the culture of our sport and our organization, and our actions and leadership.”
“I understand that the actions we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution.”
Brind’Amour said he is “reassured” that Thomas Cromwell, a former Supreme Court justice, will help the organization “make the necessary changes”.
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On August 4, Hockey Canada announced that Cromwell has agreed to an independent review of Hockey Canada’s governance structures and systems.
Hockey Canada said the board review is “an integral part of Hockey Canada’s action plan,” announced in July to combat “toxic” behavior in the organization.
The next Hockey Canada board election will take place during the annual meeting in November 2022.
— with files from Global’s Suzette Francis and the Canadian Press
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