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KIJHL Announces Disciplinary Action to Team Conducting Hazing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) has announced disciplinary measures against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

This comes after an investigation had been conducted by league staff in regards to allegations of hazing.

Hazing is any activity expected to be done by an athlete that joins a sports team that involves humiliation or abuse.

The KIJHL was notified of the incident by Thunder Cats’ staff last Tuesday (September 13th) and suspended the team from any activities and their upcoming exhibition game. League staff went to Creston on the 15th to have interviews with players and coaches, along with consulting its Safe Sport partner, ITP Sport, and BC Hockey.

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Once the investigation concluded, multiple disciplinary measures were taken, such as a fine and being placed on probation for two years. Members of the Thunder Cats will be required to complete training to identify and eliminate instances of abuse, bullying and harassment.

On top of that, team captain Clayton Brown has been suspended 12 games, alongside alternate captain Campbell McLean, who has been suspended for six games. Both suspensions were for violations of the league’s Individual Conduct Policy.

For more information on the matter, you can visit the KIJHL’s website here.

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