The Ontario Hockey League says it plans to launch an investigation into allegations made by a former participant who says he was compelled to make use of medicine by a teammate at a home get together.
Eric Visitor performed for the Kitchener Rangers from 2016 to 2019. In a video on his private Instagram on Sunday night, and first reported by TSN’s Bardown website, Visitor instructed a narrative about attending a home get together along with his teammates when he was 16.
Whereas on the get together, he was consuming with others and he mentioned an older participant instructed him to go together with others into the toilet. As soon as within the lavatory, he says he was instructed he wasn’t allowed to depart till he used cocaine.
“While you’re younger in that league … you take heed to what the older guys let you know,” he mentioned. “They’ve energy, they rule you, particularly guys who’re drafted, they’re future NHLers and stuff. You do what they let you know. That is all it’s.”
Visitor says within the video he is not going to identify anybody and he solely feels comfy opening up now as a result of he is aware of he’ll by no means play within the NHL.
“For me, a whole lot of these things, I might by no means say something alongside these strains whereas I used to be nonetheless taking part in as a result of you’ll be able to’t. If I mentioned one thing or I talked about some of these things, any likelihood I had of taking part in skilled hockey or something was over immediately,” Visitor mentioned within the video.
“I am not making an attempt to bash any crew, group or something. That is strictly what I’ve gone by way of personally and simply, perhaps some individuals can get one thing out of it and relate to it,” he added.
Rangers ask police to research
The Kitchener Rangers mentioned in an announcement that officers with the hockey membership turned conscious of the video Monday night.
“These allegations contain former gamers with our crew and are extraordinarily critical and probably prison conduct,” an announcement posted to the Rangers web site mentioned.
“Because of this, we have now contacted the Waterloo Regional Police Companies. We’ll take part with the commissioner and the league of their investigation. Till the investigation is full the membership might be making no additional feedback.”
The OHL mentioned it has reached out to Visitor and have requested to satisfy with him “to obtain the pertinent particulars and to provoke an investigation.”
“These allegations represent a critical violation of OHL guidelines and embody allegations of prison conduct,” the OHL assertion mentioned. “As soon as we have now spoken to Eric we may have a greater understanding of the following steps.”