Allegations of misconduct within Western University women’s hockey program under investigation

Western University in London, Ont., has confirmed it has launched independent reviews into “concerns related to the women’s hockey program.”

The statement follows a TSN report that the reviews focus on allegations of inappropriate conduct raised against head coach Candice Moxley and Western strength and conditioning coach Jeff Watson.

“The safety of our students always comes first and Western has rigorous processes for reviewing and addressing formal complaints,” Western said in a statement.

“With the a*sistance of an external investigator, the university has initiated independent reviews to closely examine these issues and hear from all affected parties. As always, these types of reviews are confidential, to respect the privacy of everyone involved.

A spokesperson for the London Police Service, when asked if it was involved in any investigations related to the women’s hockey program, responded: “We have not received any reports.” »

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The a**lyzes are the latest in a series of accounts of allegations of a toxic culture in organized sports.

Hockey Canada has been under scrutiny since May 2022, when it was revealed the organization had quietly settled a lawsuit after a woman claimed she was s****lly a*saulted by eight players, including members of the country’s junior world team, following a 2018 gala in London, Ontario.

The fallout led to revelations about Hockey Canada’s National Equity Fund (NEF), which is funded by registration fees and used to pay uninsured debts, including s****l a*sault and abuse claims.

Hockey Canada then announced that members of the 2003 World Junior Championship team were under investigation for group s****l a*sault.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

— with files from Gregory Strong of The Canadian Press.

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