Title: Flyers Goalie Carter Hart and Four Others Facing Sexual Assault Charges
Flyers goalie Carter Hart, along with four other players from the 2018 Canadian world junior team, are currently facing serious sexual assault charges. The other players involved are Dillon Dube of the Calgary Flames, Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils, Cal Foote, and Alex Formenton, who is currently playing in Switzerland.
According to reports, the players have been instructed to surrender to the London, Ontario police. Hart’s legal representation has released a statement asserting that he has been charged with one count of sexual assault and strongly maintains his innocence. The news comes after Hart was granted an indefinite leave of absence from the Flyers on January 23, citing personal reasons.
The charges against the players stem from an alleged incident that occurred in June 2018 during their time representing Canada. The allegations were filed in a lawsuit against Hockey Canada, prompting the NHL to launch an investigation in May 2022. It is important to note that the allegations against the players have not been proven at this stage.
In a recent development, it has been revealed that the lawsuit reached a settlement between the woman who filed it and Hockey Canada. However, there is no update on the outcome of the police investigation or the NHL’s ongoing investigation.
Flyers General Manager Danny Briere commented on the situation, stating that the team will appropriately respond once the outcomes of the investigations become public. Both Hart and the other players involved will not be providing any further comments regarding the charges.
Hart, who was selected by the Flyers in the second round of the 2016 draft, has been with the team for five seasons. In the current season, he has achieved a record of 12-9-3 with a goal-against average of 2.80, a save percentage of .906, and one shutout. As he is in the final year of his contract, Hart is set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason.
The situation involving these players is undoubtedly distressing and could have significant implications not only for their careers but also for the hockey community as a whole. Insider Wales Sport will continue to closely follow any updates concerning this matter, and we extend our thoughts to all parties involved.
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