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.
Column by Grant Fleming “Have you pitched your stories to media outlets?” A few readers have asked me that question. They’re referring, of course, to the story about the Stratford (Ontario) Cullitons, a junior hockey team whose officials let a convicted rapist playing for it this past season. Before I answer, allow me to recap
By Grant Fleming TAVISTOCK, ONTARIO – The captain of a junior hockey team caught up in scandal is staying true to a teammate who was convicted of rape. Trevor Sauder, 21, has played for the Stratford Cullitons for the past four years. He says his former teammate, Mitchell Vandergunst, deserves the benefit of the doubt.
By Grant Fleming STRATFORD, ONTARIO – A counsellor at a women’s shelter wonders why a compliance officer for the local junior men’s hockey team dealing with a rape scandal failed to show up at a sensitivity training workshop. Jasmine Clark helps abused women at Optimism Place in Stratford. She also runs workshops to educate people
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