Hockey Canada investigates slurs, threats in GTHL group chat

A spokesman for the Greater Toronto Hockey League said it was awaiting the results of a third-party Hockey Canada investigation into alleged homophobic incidents involving three of its players.

GTHL said it contacted Hockey Canada and York Regional police after learning that three players under the age of 18 had allegedly posted dozens of homophobic slurs and death threats in the group chat.

The spokesperson said the players were immediately ejected from the Toronto Titans when the incident occurred in late October 2022.

All three players were cut by the club prior to the GTHL release date on November 15.

An interim order from a Hockey Canada third-party investigator said a suspension no longer had to be enforced if the team wanted its players to return.

One player re-entered the Titans on December 23, one is now playing on another team and one has yet to re-enlist.

A spokesperson for the York County Police said that an investigation into the incident closed in December 2022 and no criminal charges had been filed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 30, 2023.

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