CALGARY — Hockey Canada’s chairman of the board has resigned.
Michael Brind’Amour announced Friday night to the board of directors that he is stepping down immediately, Hockey Canada said in a statement Saturday.
The organization is under intense scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault allegations against members of previous junior men’s teams.
“I have listened carefully and attentively to Canadians’ feedback on the culture of our sport and our organization, as well as our actions and our leadership,” Brind’Amour said in the statement. “I understand that the steps we have taken in recent weeks are part of the solution.
“My last term ends in November 2022, and I know there is no need to wait for a new era. Immediate action is essential to address the significant challenges facing our organization and our sport, whether our plan of action aims to accomplish.
“I would not be able to carry out this renewal.”
Brind’Amour was elected Chairman of the Board in 2018.
The announcement follows Hockey Canada’s appointment of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell to review the governance of the country’s hockey governing body.
The review is expected to provide draft recommendations before Hockey Canada’s annual general meeting in November.
Brind’Amour said he left confident that Cromwell taking on this job “will help us bring about the necessary changes. I am confident that the recommendations will guide the organization into a future of desired change.”
Additionally, Canada’s 13 provincial hockey federations have called for an “extraordinary meeting” with the struggling national body.
Led by Hockey Quebec, the 10 provincial associations and three territorial associations want more information on the handling of sexual assault allegations stemming from a 2018 Hockey Canada gala in London, Ont., involving members of this men’s team junior.
Provincial and territorial associations have threatened to withhold payment with no response.
Hockey Canada’s board of directors will meet in the coming days to determine next steps following Brind’Amour’s resignation and appoint an interim president, the organization said in its statement.
The next Board election is scheduled for the Annual General Meeting in November.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 6, 2022.
The Canadian Press