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NHL's Kim Davis wants Hockey Canada's next board to be 'diverse and inclusive'

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Kim Davis believes there is only one way forward for Hockey Canada.

The NHL’s executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legal has spent a scandal-filled spring, summer and fall about how the sport’s most powerful national organization handled sexual assault allegations. I watched from afar the revelations that followed the evil revelations that came to light in

And following last week’s progress — Scott Smith stepping down as president and CEO of Hockey Canada, along with the resignation of the entire board of directors — Davis said he wanted the struggling federation to move forward and make a real difference. says that the door of is open.

“Strong leadership has certain characteristics,” she told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. We are in a moment when the world is demanding it from an organization, and Hockey Canada is no exception.

“Given the opportunity to rethink the board now, I hope that rethinking includes that kind of leadership.”

News Hockey Canada has paid an undisclosed settlement to a woman who filed a $3.55 million lawsuit alleging she was sexually assaulted by eight players, including members of Canada’s World Junior Team, in 2018 has been heavily criticized since its publication. Gala in London, Ontario.

The world of organizations collapsed in weeks and months as scandals piled up. This includes funds maintained by registration fees from players across the country used to pay uninsured liabilities such as sexual assault and abuse claims.

Hockey Canada then announced that members of its 2003 World Junior Team were being investigated for alleged gang sexual assault, just days after announcing an “action plan” to address the issue of safe sport. .

Neither claim has been proven in court.

A series of harrowing hearings took place on Parliament Hill, leaving politicians and the general public dumbfounded by the lack of accountability by the organization’s leaders.

Hockey Canada, which plans to elect a new board in December, announced over the weekend that it plans to follow the recommendations set out in an interim report by former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell, which is conducting an independent governance review.

These recommendations include making the new board larger and more diverse. This is what Davis, who is black, wants.

“We must put young people at the center who are affected by a lack of adult leadership,” she said. “I hope the future will be a much more diverse and inclusive board of directors with transparency and accountability.”

The Con Smythe Controversy

The NHL released its first-ever comprehensive diversity and inclusion report to its board this week.

Nearly 84% of league and club employees are white, and just under 14% are black, indigenous or people of color, according to data.

With a goal of up to 25% that second number to reflect fan demographics, Davis was asked if it would be appropriate to continue to name the playoff MVP award after Con Smythe?

The founder of the Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly once said he would pay $10,000 to anyone who could make black star Herb Carnegie white.

“From flags to monuments, our society has had this debate and debate over and over again,” Davis said of the Cong-Smyth Trophy. “How one group views an individual can be very different from other groups with different lived experiences. Should (trophy name changes) happen? I don’t know.

“From my own personal perspective, these artifacts and symbols can be painful. At the very least, we should be open to solid discussion and understanding.”

Pursuit of Ovekin

Alex Ovechkin, who scored twice against Vancouver on Monday, is just 20 short of Gordy Howe’s Mark 801, the second-most all-time NHL goalscorer.

The Washington Capitals sniper has 121 winning goals, tying him for second all-time with Ted Lindsay.

Wayne Gretzky has 894 career goals.

Bedard jumps out of the gate

Conor Bedard, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, has presented some flashy numbers to kick off the Western Hockey League season.

The 17-year-old center was left off the scoresheet in Regina Patz’s season opener, but led the WHL in scoring with nine goals and 11 assists in 10 games.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on October 19, 2022.


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