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After flurry of abuse allegations, NHL Coaches' Association releases statement

3 décembre 2019
The hockey world has been abuzz the last two weeks with several allegations of abusive, manipulative and racist behaviour by NHL coaches. Now, amidst all the controversy, the NHL Coaches' Association has released a statement in an attempt to alleviate the backlash its members are receiving.


"We believe the NHL is a league built on hard work, respect, and team work," the organisation said in its statement. "It is a coach's job to understand how to best motivate players while respecting them as individuals and valuing them as people. Coaching philosophies differ from coach to coach, and season to season, but there are lines that cannot be crossed and there is certainly no room in the NHL, or anywhere else, for abusive behaviour of any kind. The National Hockey League, including management, players, and coaches, has evolved, and the NHLCA is committed to working with the NHLPA (Players Association) to ensure respectful working environments for everyone."

Since the firing of Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL has been rocked with allegations of disturbing behaviour by Babcock, Bill Peters, Marc Crawford, Michel Therrien, and others. Peters ended up resigning as head coach of the Calgary Flames after admitting to using racial slurs while speaking to Akim Aliu, a player of Nigerien decent. Therrien admitted to going too far at times in his years as a coach, but stated he felt he was doing what he had to do to get the best out of his players. Crawford is currently under investigation and has left his position as assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks after Sean Avery revealed Crawford kicked him hard enough to leave a mark while he was playing with the L.A. Kings. The accusations against Babcock have been numerous. Perhaps the worst has been from Johan Franzen, who stated Babcock caused him to have a nervous breakdown while he was playing with the Red Wings. Franzen had been recovering from a concussion and dealing with depression at the time.

On TSN's Insider Trading Tuesday night, Darren Dreger stated the treatment of players by coaches will most definitely be a topic of discussion at an upcoming NHL Board of Governors meeting next week. The league has received a huge black mark from the recent allegations, one that it may have difficulty recovering from any time soon.

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