June 22nd, 2024

Quebec Superior Court judge authorizes QMJHL hazing class-action lawsuit

By The Canadian Press on April 10, 2024.

A Canadian Hockey League logo is shown on a jersey during the CHL Top Prospects hockey game in Moncton, New Brunswick, Jan. 24, 2024. Quebec Superior Court has authorized a class-action lawsuit against the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League and its teams over alleged hazing abuse. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

MONTREAL – Quebec Superior Court has authorized a class-action lawsuit against the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League and its teams over alleged hazing abuse.

Justice Jacques G. Bouchard gave the suit the green light in a decision published today, after hearing arguments last month in Quebec City.

The lawsuit of more than $15 million was filed last April by Carl Latulippe, a former Quebec minor hockey star who went public with alleged abuse suffered while playing for two teams in the mid-1990s.

It targets the league, its member franchises and its umbrella organization – the Canadian Hockey League – and seeks $650,000 for the plaintiff in damages, including pain, suffering and humiliation, as well as lost productivity and therapy costs.

Another $15 million would be shared among other alleged victims.

Those covered in the class action are “all hockey players who have experienced abuse while they were minors and playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League” since July 1, 1969.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2024.

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