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QMJHL Statement

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has learned that there will be no further police investigation into an incident that occurred in January 2014 involving players of the Gatineau Olympiques. The League considers that the allegations reported by the media were serious and that this type of behaviour should at no time be trivialized.

It’s important that our players become more responsible for their actions,

said the League Commissioner Gilles Courteau.

There is no doubt that parents and the League have an important role to play in this regard. The League is willing to participate in Governmental consultations on this issue or any other forum in order to improve its Player Support Program. Providing player supervision and support on and off the ice remains our number one priority.

The League pioneered a Players Support Program in 2008. The program was designed to allow players and their families to better manage the challenges in their lives and solve personal problems.

Furthermore, the QMJHL is committed to working with the various police services through its Director of Player Services, Natacha Llorens, to take advantage of the resources available to better educate players.

The League will continue to monitor its teams to provide them with the right educational tools and resources. In the incident that occurred at Boston Pizza, we continue to work with the Gatineau Police Service and are awaiting the results.