It was announced on Thursday morning that former NHL player Dan Carcillo, along with Garrett Taylor, are spearheading a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League. The lawsuit against the league and its teams for alleged abuse while playing junior hockey.
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Dan Carcillo at Front of Class-Action Lawsuit
Some of the content that was included in the lawsuit is very disturbing, which is why it’s important that it was brought to the forefront of the conversation. Carcillo claims that when he was playing junior hockey, he was the victim of multiple abuse and hazing incidents. He alleges that he was forced to strip naked and forced into a bus bathroom with eight other 16 and 17-year-olds. He also alleges that other veteran players would torture the players in the bus bathroom by pouring bodily fluids on them. There are also a number of other disturbing allegations in the lawsuit. It is also alleged that many of these incidents occurred while coaches were around, yet nothing was done about it.
Stories like these have also come out before about the culture of junior hockey. Akim Aliu has discussed what happened to him in minor hockey and in professional leagues multiple times. Just the other day former Kitchener Rangers player Eric Guest spoke out about how he was forced to do cocaine as a 16-year-old.
This has already led to a lot of discussions online. Some other former players have also been sharing their own stories from minor hockey. Carcillo retweeted many of these stories. This is a developing story and we will keep you up to date if there are any more developments. At the current time, the Canadian Hockey League has made no official statement about the class-action lawsuit. These remain allegations at this time. The CHL will have the opportunity to respond to them in court.