The Ontario Hockey League commissioner says that his organization failed the players in their care.
David Branch says he did not know how bad players were for players like Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo and other public players took this week with accusations of dirty warfare.
In an interview with WBQ Sports, the Branch called the allegations "ill."
"We have missed Under and other players, and it's stunning. You know, I do not know how to send it," he said. # 39; r Gangen.
Over recent days, four members of Sarnia Sting 2002-03 have come on to tell their stories about what they went through.
"I moved away from the home at the age of 17 to pursue my dream of doing the NHL and doing something from me and what I and 11 of us had to suffer the year that was abused daily, "said Carcillo, who went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks.
OHL Commissioner David Branch spoke to @ IoannaCBC about alleged alleged event in 2003, when the former NHLer Daniel Carcillo says he and other rookies are stuffed to the bathroom on a charter bus. pic.twitter.com/9QSij55xTg
Carcillo details stuffed into a shuttle bus station naked and having tobacco juice in isolation. He also said that the players were pulled naked, tied down and beaten with a slippery sticky stick.
Carcillo contacted the Branch directly
Some teammates, including Ryan Munce, came up quickly to confirm Carcillo's allegations and tell their own stories.
"There are men who acted like KKK [Ku Klux Klan] because I was dating a girl from a different nation, making Hitler's signs in front of our Jewish team until he got to tears, "said Munce.
"This is a day of abusing consistently in the day, relaxing a man at the table and knocking it with belts and things, that was the rookie of the day."
Watch Daniel Carcillo detailing the abuse he suffered at 17:
The Branch said that Carcillo had contacted her directly during that season about what happened in Sarnia. He visited the team to investigate, but the manager and training staff were told that no serious incidents had occurred.
"There was one situation that they described, and when it was in my opinion, it was not something that called for any particular discipline," A branch recalls.
"That situation and war players were put in the team's laundry couch and pushed down the hall and knowing it was a sort of abolition of the walls and things absurd of that kind. And that was the truth of what came to me and the debate as I remember. "
Jeff Perry, Sarnia's main coach in 2002-03, first started to oppose Carcillo's claims that control was aware of abuse. However, Carcillo has tweeted on Thursday that Perry is among members and managers who have taken accountability.
The last 3 days has been extremely emotional and more; transformative.
The healing process has started.
I have heard from many veterans, the General Manager, Head of Trainer & amp; Team Assistant Trainer 03 & amp; Commissioner who has taken all the liability …
& mdash;@ CarBombBoom13
A call to Perry was not returned by WBQ Sports on Wednesday to request further comments.
Branch says there was a big change for the alliance around hazing in 2005. That year, the league announced a large series of fines and exclusions to Windsor Spitfires over a series of events.
"That's the first time, and quite real, the only time it came to me about issues of startup, hazing, probably," said the Branch.
However, he says that the league has set up a series of initiatives including a standby tolerance prevention policy.
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"We had to support the players, make sure they understand what is right, what's acceptable, what's not. And more importantly, I would suggest, here's how you can get out if you're not comfortable with going to your trainer or your own general manager. "Branch said.
The Branch also refers to a number of mental health programs that the league has put in place.
"People are looking at our league that this is the World's No. 1 development league for the National Hockey League, but our focus of the last 10 to 15 years is how we support person? And that's where we have made such great progress, we are so proud of it. "
Watch as a former Carcillo team company echoes the experiences of abuse:
Others in the hockey community appear to reinforce the feelings of the Branch that grow into the product of an old hockey culture that exists.
"I think we need to understand that things have changed greatly," said Eric Wellwood, Flintshire Firebirds coach, OHL.
"By my experience in the OHL, from the time I was back 16 in 2006 until he is now the leading coach in the league, they have eliminated all the bad, bad and bad things ; I am surrounded by the league – in particular, and ultimately, I think that the OHL deserves credit and not blown with a story that could be true but it happened a long time ago. "
On Thursday, the OHL released a statement repeating its commitment to the anti-stop policy.
"In the light of recent attention paid to the issue of attention, the league has talked to team management, and all our member teams provide an update to all staff and players about this most important topic, "read the statement.
"Hopefully, through conversation, education and awareness, the attitudes that lead to spectacular behavior and incredible actions disappear from sport and society."
Hopefully the change has taken place
A number of current NHL players have also responded to the comments of Carcillo, including Vancouver Canucks on Bo Horvat.
"It's hard to hear that kind of stuff, but I think that type of lack in my lifetime of hockey hockey," said Horvat.
"I've heard a lot about it and heard what people have passed over in recent years, but I think we've really fallen on it when I started to become younger, so we I had any kind of things of God. "
Carcillo and the other ones that have come forward hope Branch and Horvat properly. Carcillo also says he appreciates members of the Sarnia Sting who have come out to talk about what happened.
At the same time, changing hockey does not occur overnight.
"When you're specifically focused on a goal, it's a scary thing that you'll receive to try to achieve that goal," said Carcillo.
"And if you're talking and if you're talking too much in the hockey world and asking too many questions, they do not like that. We would like you to be a very good soldier and to do the what they say. "