Two former Canadian junior hockey players have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League -- the umbrella organization that oversees the three major junior hockey leagues in Canada. The Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are also named in the lawsuit that alleges the two players were put through some incredibly disturbing hazing rituals while in junior hockey. The suit was filed Thursday in a Toronto court.
The lawsuit states the Daniel Carcillo and Garrett Taylor were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, when they were "routinely victims to hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault." This all took place in the early 2000s.
The specific details of the allegations can be found in a report by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. As a whole, Carcillo and Taylor's lawsuit alleges harrowing experiences of being forced to sexually assault teammates, consume the saliva, urine, and other bodily excretions of their teammates, and perform often humiliating sexual acts that included animals and irritants and toxic liquids.
Carcillo's portion of the lawsuit alleges that nothing was done to protect the rookies who were subjected to this hazing and that it was done with the knowledge of coach Jeff Perry and GM Terry Doran on the Sarnia Sting. The experience allegedly "left (Carcillo) permanently traumatized. He suffered severe mental health issues which were not present before the abuse he endured. He continues to suffer from these mental health issues to this day."
Carcillo spent four seasons with the Sarnia Sting and Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL before beginning a decade-long career in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. Taylor played two seasons for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western League. His pro career lasted just 10 games.