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Kugler Kandestin files Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action against The Canadian Hockey League, The Québec Major Junior Hockey League, and their 18 teams in connection with the systematic abuse of their minor-aged players

May 24, 2023 

Kugler Kandestin filed today an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action (available in French only) on behalf of all players who, as minors, were abused while playing in the QMJHL.

The class action is for the benefit of the following group [unofficial translation]:

“All hockey players who were abused* while minors and playing in The Québec Major Junior Hockey League (hereinafter the “QMJHL”) since July 1, 1969 (hereinafter the “Class”);

The Class excludes all players who, as a result of the judgment rendered on February 3, 2023 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Carcillo v. Canadian Hockey League, 2023 ONSC 886 (hereinafter the “Carcillo File”) opt to participate in an individual action before the said Court;

* Abuse” means any form of physical, sexual and/or psychological assault, including being confined, shaved, stripped, drugged and/or forcibly intoxicated, forced or encouraged to physically and/or sexually assault others, forced to drink or eat urine, saliva, semen, feces and/or other filthy substances, forced to inflict self-inflicted injury, or forced to commit acts of bestiality;”

The proposed class action claims compensatory damages for each victim, as well as punitive and exemplary damages in the amount of $15 000 000.

If you were abused, as a minor, while playing in the QMJHL, we encourage you to contact the undersigned attorneys so that we can inform you of your rights.

Your communications with the members of our team are free, strictly confidential, and are covered by professional secrecy.

We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.