Michael Brind’Amour is stepping down as chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors, effective immediately, the governing body announced Saturday. Hockey Canada said Brind’Amour informed the organization of his plans Friday night.
“I have listened carefully and intently to the comments of Canadians about the culture of our sport and our organization, and about our actions and leadership,” Brind’Amour said in a statement. “I understand that the actions we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution.”
He added: “Immediate action is essential to address the important challenges facing our organization and our sport, which our Action Plan works to accomplish. I would not be able to see this renewal through and have therefore announced my resignation to the board of directors.”
Brind’Amour’s resignation comes as Hockey Canada has been under intense scrutiny and criticism since May when allegations of sexual assault were made public in a lawsuit that the organization settled. In the complaint, filed in April in Ontario Superior Court, a woman alleged that she was assaulted by eight players in a London, Ont., hotel room following a Hockey Canada Foundation event in June 2018. Members of Canada’s gold medal-winning world junior team were among those accused of assault in the lawsuit.
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Earlier this week, Hockey Canada announced it will undergo an independent review of its governance structures led by former Supreme Court Justice Hon. Thomas Cromwell, CC. Hockey Canada said the review will “examine the organization,” asking questions about its by-laws, board of directors and senior management team.
Brind’Amour was first elected as chair of the board of directors in 2018 for a two-year term. In 2020, he returned for a second term, which was slated to end in November.
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