February 29th, 2024

World junior hockey players’ sex assault case to be before London court on Monday

By The Canadian Press on February 1, 2024.

Ottawa Senators' Alex Formenton during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Friday, April 29, 2022; New Jersey Devils defenceman Cal Foote before an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023; New Jersey Devils' Michael McLeod during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023; Calgary Flames centre Dillon Dube during an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023 and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart during an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, April 3, 2021. The five players from Canada's 2018 world junior hockey team are facing sexual assault charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Slocum, Noah K. Murray, Matt Slocum, Paul Sancya, Corey Sipkin

LONDON, Ont. – The sexual assault case of five players from Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey team is set to be before a London, Ont., court on Monday.

A court document shows Dillon Dube, Cal Foote, Alex Formenton, Carter Hart and Michael McLeod are each charged with one count of sexual assault.

The document shows McLeod is also facing an additional charge of sexual assault for “being a party to the offence.”

It says the charges relate to an alleged sexual assault on a person identified only as E.M. on June 19, 2018.

Lawyers for each of the players have said their clients will defend themselves against the allegations.

London, Ont., police are expected to hold a news conference on their investigation into the case on Monday afternoon.

Dube, Hart, McLeod and Foote all play for NHL teams. Formenton, a former Ottawa Senators forward, has been playing in Switzerland.

The accused players have all been allowed to go on indefinite leave from their pro clubs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 1, 2024.

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