Over the weekend I was able to get my hands on the emails that Hespeler Minor Hockey sent to the parents of the suspended 6 and 7 year olds. You can find these letters below.
Here is a few points I want to make. These letters should be professional and they were anything but professional. The letters started nicely, “Hi Chris!” The letter then quickly went bad from there.
Keep in mind these are extremely heavy suspensions laid on these kids. You could spit in someone’s face, line brawl, head check and never be suspended for a full year, but this was the punishment laid upon 6 and 7 year olds for their actions. Their actions of playing hockey
It was not so much what was in the letter that had me bothered but what was not. Hespeler Minor Hockey who sent this email to the suspended kids parents never quoted what rule was broken, where to find that rule or what section or subsection, what the rights of the kids are, who made this decision, what proof of the crime other then someone "seen" the child playing and how the punishment was rendered
There is so many wrong things happening here in this story. It all starts off from the Executive at Hespeler Minor Hockey Association, to OMHA to OHF then to Hockey Canada. These organizations better look into this situation now and explain to their membership, which I am part of, what the heck is going on.
Here is the fails in mission statements in the hockey organizations:
Remember Hockey Canada your mandate: In a positive hockey experience for all participants, in a safe, sportsmanlike environment. In the development of life skills which will benefit participants throughout their lives. In the values of fair play and sportsmanship, including the development of respect for all people by all participants.
Remember Ontario Minor Hockey Accociation: Leaders om Community Sport-Creating better people and stronger communities
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