Friday, May 06, 2005

Case closed on Swedish hockey players sex scandal

The sexual abuse case against three Swedish NHLers — Kristian Huselius (pictured at right), Andreas Lilja and Henrik Tallinder — will be officially closed later today, according to The Local, Sweden's English news source. The case led to all three players being suspended from their SEL club and cost Huselius a chance to win the scoring title (despite missing 16 games, he finished only one point back).

I stumbled recently onto another instance that occurred 15 years ago with a handful of Washington Capitals players and seemed eerily similar to this latest case.
In 1990, a D.C. Superior Court grand jury declined to file charges against three Washington Capitals hockey players - Neil Sheehy, Dino Ciccarelli and Geoff Courtnall - who had been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in a limousine. The girl had accused the three, and player Scott Stevens, of attacking her during an end-of-the-year team party in a Georgetown alley. Sources close to the investigation said law enforcement officers were certain there had been sexual activity in the limousine, but the grand jury said it did not believe it occurred against the girl's will.
You have to wonder why more news organizations haven't drawn the parallels between these (and other) similar incidents involving hockey players. NHLers have a reputation for being the 'golden boys' of professional sports for their lack of off-ice shenanigans, but it's somewhat of a misnomer. Cavorting comes with the territory. Just yesterday, I commented offhand on the sort of culture the OHL would be subjecting 14-year-old John Tavares to.

MVN's Gregg Kanner laments how the Capitals incident of yesteryear cost his squad a chance at a championship. (~ note the surreal image of now Sportsnet broadcaster Nick Kypreos walking by with a bucket of chicken)

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