Andrea Skinner resigns as Hockey Canada’s interim chair

TORONTO — Andrea Skinner has resigned as interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of administrators.

Skinner joined the board of administrators in November 2020 as a volunteer, and assumed the position of chair in August after the resignation of former chair Michael Brind’Amour.

Hockey Canada has been beneath intense scrutiny since May, when it used to be published an undisclosed agreement have been paid to a girl who alleged in a lawsuit she used to be sexually assaulted through 8 avid gamers — together with participants of the rustic’s global junior crew — after a 2018 gala in London, Ontario.

Allegations of gang sexual attack involving the 2003 global junior crew emerged in July.

None of the allegations had been confirmed in court docket.

“I am grateful to the Members of Hockey Canada for electing me to the Board of Directors and providing me with the opportunity to make positive change for our game and for Hockey Canada,” Skinner stated in a commentary launched through the group.

“I stepped into the position of Interim Chair of the Board two months ago for the same reason. Upon reflection, it is clear to me from recent events that it no longer makes sense for me to continue to volunteer my time as Interim Chair or as a Director of the organization.”

Skinner, a Toronto legal professional, stated she has been “gratified” for the chance to paintings with other people within the group, “despite recent challenges.”

“I sincerely appreciate the support I have received from many Canadians, particularly women, who also seek to positively influence the game and sport,” Skinner stated.

Skinner vigorously defended the nationwide governing frame’s executives previous this week when she seemed by means of video prior to participants of Parliament along former Brind’Amour in a Canadian Heritage status committee assembly in Ottawa.

She had insisted hockey shouldn’t be made a “scapegoat” or “centerpiece” for poisonous tradition that exists in different places in society, and referenced politicians who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct.

Skinner and Brind’Amour had been puzzled why Hockey Canada president and leader govt officer Scott Smith had no longer been fired.

“Our board frankly does not share the view that senior leadership should be replaced on the basis of what we consider to be substantial misinformation and an unduly cynical attacks,” Skinner stated.

Canada’s sports activities minister Pascale St-Onge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and sufferers rights suggest Sheldon Kennedy have stated present Hockey Canada management should give up to permit for tradition exchange within the group, and to regain public consider.

Provincial governing organizations for beginner hockey had been withholding participant charges from Hockey Canada in keeping with it being beneath impartial assessment.

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