by Hockey PEI Communications | @HockeyPEI | Feb 11th, 2022
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – On February 11th, Hockey PEI issued a Statement on the decision from Disciplinary and Ethics Committee:
“The Hockey PEI Special Discipline and Ethics Committee reached a decision following a hearing on February 1 regarding the five players who received indefinite suspensions in response to a complaint filed with concerns to racial slurs being uttered to a player on the ice by the players, while watching a game at the Sherwood-Parkdale Early Bird Tournament in November 2021. The unanimous decision of the committee that has been adopted and approved by the board is a 25-game suspension and successful completion of anti-racism educational or learning experience to be approved by Hockey PEI. Once completed to the satisfaction of Hockey PEI the players will then be eligible to return to their membership with Hockey PEI.
In addition, the third-party investigator found that the hotel incident, where there were allegedly further racial slurs uttered to the same complainant, is inconclusive based on a lack of witnesses and footage therefore the investigation remains open. Hockey PEI asks that if anyone from the public has any information that could assist with identifying those involved at the hotel to please bring it forward and Hockey PEI will investigate.
Hockey PEI took the time in these cases to restructure the Discipline and Ethics Committees’ mandate and in doing so, sought additional and new members that have the experience to address these sensitive issues. Although we hope we do not receive similar allegations in the future, we are confident that with the new committee structure, we have ability to handle these matters. Hockey PEI would like to thank the committee for the work on this issue.”