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Hockey Canada renews partnership with Sheldon Kennedy's Respect Group

Hockey Canada says it has renewed and expanded a partnership with Respect Group, an advocacy organization co-founded by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy.

In a statement released Wednesday, Hockey Canada said it will collaborate with Respect Group to develop new, age-appropriate player programs while continuing to deliver existing online training courses.

Hockey Canada said the partnership will help drive cultural change around the sport, an area in which the organization said there is “still work to be done.”

The national hockey governing has been mired in controversy for months after it was revealed in May that it settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by several members of the 2018 world junior team. Police in London, Ontario, have since re-opened their investigation.

In July, Halifax Regional Police began investigating allegations that members of the 2003 team sexually assaulted a woman and filmed the attack during that tournament.

The allegations have not been tested in court.

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