Bettman expects Hockey Canada review players to cooperate

FILE - Manon Rheaume teaches a girls hockey camp on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at The Ponds in Brookfield, Wis.  The Los Angeles Kings have hired former star goaltender Manon Rheaume to a front-office role, bolstering the recent trend of women landing top jobs on NHL teams.  The Kings said in a statement Thursday, July 7, 2022 that Rhéaume would join the team as a hockey operations advisor with a focus on prospect development.  (Karen Sherlock/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via PA)

FILE – Manon Rheaume teaches a girls hockey camp on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at The Ponds in Brookfield, Wis. The Los Angeles Kings have hired former star goaltender Manon Rheaume to a front-office role, bolstering the recent trend of women landing top jobs on NHL teams. The Kings said in a statement Thursday, July 7, 2022 that Rhéaume would join the team as a hockey operations advisor with a focus on prospect development. (Karen Sherlock/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via PA)

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Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday he expects full cooperation from all players involved in the NHL’s investigation into the ongoing scandal involving Hockey Canada.

The league began the process of holding its own review after news surfaced that Hockey Canada had settled a lawsuit with a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by eight members of the country’s World Junior Team during a a gala in 2018. Several players from this gold medal – the winning team is currently in the NHL.

“We are working with the Players Association to make sure there is full cooperation and that the Players Association is comfortable with how we treat players,” Bettman said before the first round of the game. NHL draft. “Our goal is to get to the bottom of this and fully understand what really happened by whom.”

Bettman said the plan is to release the findings unless something during the investigation limits the scope of what could be made public. At this time, there are no plans to bring in a third party to conduct the investigation, which is expected to be led by security chief Jared Maples.

The league office is asking teams “to make sure their players are available to us and telling us the truth,” Bettman said. “We are asking for all the information we can get our hands on.”

Hockey Canada has asked several sponsors to suspend their relationship with the organization, which also called officials outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa to answer questions about the case. Bettman reiterated that the league knew nothing of what happened until the lawsuit was settled.

MCGROARTY MAKES HISTORY

After No. 1 and No. 2 picks Juraj Slafkovsky and Simon Nemec became Slovakia’s highest-drafted players, Rutger McGroarty made Nebraska hockey history when he went 14th to the Winnipeg Jets.

“I just like to show that, ‘Hey, I’m a kid from Nebraska – a non-traditional hockey market – and I hope somebody sees me talking right now and says, ‘I’m from Nebraska and I want playing hockey,'” McGroarty said. “I wouldn’t say an anomaly. I would just say I want to inspire other kids in these non-traditional hockey markets and that’s really cool.”

KINGS HIRE RHEAUME

The Los Angeles Kings have hired former goaltender Manon Rheaume as a hockey operations and prospect advisor, making her the latest woman to join or be promoted by an NHL team as part of a a league-wide campaign to increase front office diversity.

The team announced the move hours before the draft began. She is expected to still live in Michigan, be involved in hockey operations projects and report to Director of Player Personnel Nelson Emerson.

Rheaume, 50, is best known for playing exhibition games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 and 1993. She became the first woman to play in one of North America’s four major professional sports leagues.

She is now one of more than 100 women who work in hockey operations, player development or player health and safety for a team.

NHL DUMPS GATORADE FOR BIOSTEEL

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that Biosteel is their official hydration partner, replacing Gatorade, which has had that distinction for 16 years. Commissioner Gary Bettman called it “an evolutionary step forward.”

The NHL’s vice-president of integrated marketing said the deal has been in the works for some time. “This is a huge opportunity for our brands together: a brand that was born in the NHL locker room by an NHL player,” he said.

Mathieu Schneider, a longtime defenseman who is now the special assistant to the NHLPA general manager, played with BioSteel co-founder and former forward Michael Cammalleri and said, “It was inevitable that we would be here one day. .

Cammalleri, who played 15 NHL seasons from 2002 to 2018, choked up at a press conference when talking about his feelings about the deal.

“It’s a full circle moment for the brand,” he said. “It’s an emotional transaction, but it’s also a moment and a step in the business transaction that has a lot of meaning for us.”

SABERS MEET

The Montreal draft has become something of a reunion for a growing number of members of the 2005-06 Buffalo Sabers, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games and who now work in management.

Among those expected to be in the draft are New York Rangers general managers Chris Drury and San Jose Sharks Mike Grier, Philadelphia Flyers special assistant to general manager Danny Brier and new Chicago Blackhawks development coach Brian Campbell. Retired goaltender Ryan Miller is also in town, entering the draft as part of his job in the league’s hockey operations department.

Grier, who this week became the NHL’s first black general manager, doesn’t believe the ties are coincidental and credits then-Sabres general manager Darcy Regier for bringing them together.

“I think that’s why our team has been successful,” said Grier, who was hired by the Sharks after working under Drury in New York. “We have worked hard. We enjoyed the game. But I think we all thought the game was on a pretty good level.

Grier added, “We were probably better than the sum of our parts, just because of that. We were all in the same place at the same time. We took each other’s brains and kind of went from there.

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AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.

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