Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson has announced he will cooperate in investigations into allegations of sexual assault against young Canadian players in 2018.
Speaking to reporters at the official opening of the Senators’ training camp on Thursday, Batherson said he would not comment further on the investigation.
Hockey Canada, the NHL and police in London, Ontario are investigating allegations that a woman was sexually assaulted by eight players, including members of Canada’s junior team, after a gold medal gala.
Batherson and Alex Formenton, another Sens forward, were members of this squad.
Reporters asked Batherson why he did not issue a statement explaining that he was not involved in the alleged incident, as several other team members were. “I have no comment,” he replied.
The alleged incident, along with another allegation involving the 2003 Canadian junior team, landed Hockey Canada in hot water
Current and former members of Hockey Canada have been asked to testify before a parliamentary committee on October 4. This will be the third time leaders of the organization have been subpoenaed to testify in Ottawa.
When asked about his take on hockey culture, Batherson said he’s living “his dream.”
“I’m having fun every day so I can’t complain,” he added.
For his part, Formenton is a free agent with compensation. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion announced that the forward will not be at the training camp until he signs a new contract.
Dorion added that the ongoing investigation will not affect negotiations between the senators and free agents.
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