Over 900 cases of on-ice discrimination last season: Hockey Canada data

Over 900 documented or alleged incidents of on-ice discrimination last season were reported, according to new Hockey Canada data.

Of the 512 penalties officials called, 61 per cent involved gender identity or sexual orientation, 18 per cent involved race and 11 per cent involved disability.

Ninety-nine per cent of infractions called by officials involved male players.

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However, the data does not include off-ice incidents of abuse, maltreatment or sexual violence.

Hockey Canada created a new section in its rulebook in August 2021 to address maltreatment in a federation that had nearly 520,000 registered players last season.

Starting this season, the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner or a new independent complaint process will handle these issues.

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Hockey Canada has recently committed to more transparency following a slew of scandals. It is also picking up the pieces after a terrible year that saw its federal and corporate funding paused or halted entirely due to the organization’s handling of sexual assault allegations and payments to victims.