Thunder Bay police charge uOttawa hockey players with sexual assault

August 26, 2014

2 former University of Ottawa hockey players have been formally charged with the February sexual assault of a woman in Thunder Bay. “The charges against the 2 men came after an extensive investigation by the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Branch,” said Thunder Bay police. The 2 players, identified as Guillaume Donovan and David Foucher, will appear in court in Thunder Bay on September 30. uOttawa had fired its men’s hockey coach and suspended its men’s hockey program following internal investigations of allegations of excessive drinking and sexual misconduct during the road trip in question. uOttawa President Allan Rock clarified that the coach had not been involved in any sexual misconduct, but was fired for failing to inform authorities about the allegations. A spokesperson for the university added that the suspension of the program will remain in place. The university emphasized that it was the program that had been suspended, not individual players. “We are hiring a new coach and putting in place improved policies, including new behaviour guidelines for student-athletes,” the spokesperson said. Toronto Star | CTV News