OHL Commissioner David Branch speaks at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, as the Spitfires are awarded the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 2, 2016. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

OHL: Zero tolerance for hazing

The Ontario Hockey League is providing a refresher to all of its staff and players about hazing.

The league said it is committed to providing a safe environment and creating a positive experience for all players on and off the ice.

The statement comes after recent hazing allegations by former Sarnia Sting player Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo alleges he was abused as a 17-year-old during his rookie season with the Sting in 2002-2003. The former NHL’er claimed he was demeaned on a daily basis by veteran players in hazing incidents.

The OHL added it believes that hazing is reprehensible and has a zero tolerance for it.

The league said in 2006 the anti-hazing policy was enhanced and today all OHL players are educated on this important subject matter annually through their member team. It also said that all players acknowledge to the league in writing on an annual basis that they understand league policy and are encouraged to bring any concerns forward without fear of reprisal. In addition to the various internal team staff that may assist a player, each team has an independent Ombudsman or Chaplain who can hear confidential concerns or complaints. There is also an established channel of complaints or concerns directly to the commissioner.