By Grant Fleming Recently, I talked with two prominent journalists and teachers, Jan Wong and Maxine Ruvinsky, about a scandal involving the junior hockey team in Stratford, Ontario. Before I get to that interview with Ms. Wong and Dr. Ruvinsky, here’s a recap of the story: On October 3rd, 2014, Mitchell Vandergunst, an assistant captain
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – On October 3, 2014, Mitchell Vandergunst, a star player and alternate captain for the Stratford Cullitons, took to the ice for a game against the visiting Guelph Hurricanes. More than 1,000 Cullitons fans cheered as Vandergunst scored a goal and assisted on another to lead his team to victory.
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – A leading advocate for abused women is concerned that hockey players and officials for a junior team will ignore lessons on sexual consent. Leslie Reynolds, the chair of Optimism Place, was commenting on the recent partnership between her organization, Optimism Place, and the Stratford Cullitons junior hockey team. Optimism
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – A priest who describes himself as a “listening ear” for a junior hockey team caught in a scandal wants to reach out to a young woman who was raped by one of the players. Daniel Bowyer is an Anglican priest based in Stratford. In an interview on Monday, Bowyer
EXCLUSIVE REPORT By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – The parents of a young woman who was sexually assaulted by a star hockey player have difficulty believing the club’s boss. Dan Mathieson, the president of the Sratford Cullitons’ junior team, told reporters in early February of this year that he was unaware he had a convicted
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – The new head coach for a junior hockey team caught in a scandal won’t say if he knew that a sexual predator had been playing for his team. Tyler Canal, the head coach for the Stratford Cullitons, had little time for a reporter who approached him after his team’s
(Warning: coarse language.) By Grant Fleming MILVERTON, ONTARIO – An ex-junior hockey coach claims he did nothing wrong by allowing a convicted rapist to play for his team. Phil Westman spoke out for the first time on Friday when a reporter came to his home. The encounter lasted for less than two minutes. Westman refused
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – A senior executive for a junior hockey team says he did not know one of his hockey players was a rapist. Don MacArthur, an executive board member for the Stratford Cullitons, said he was “surprised” to learn one of his players was a recently convicted sex offender. In July