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NHL players accused of sexual assault shut out from teams

Four NHL players charged with sexual assault in an incident stemming back to their days as World Junior champions have not been re-signed to their respective teams. 

Dillion Dube, formerly with the Calgary Flames, Michael McLeod and Cal Foote with the New Jersey Devils, and Carter Heart with the Philadelphia Flyers were all on leave with pay. They’ll now be free agents after the Sunday signing deadline passed.

Former Ottawa Senators Alex Formenton was also allegedly involved in the sexual assault against a woman after a  World Junior gala in London, Ont., in 2018. Forementon remained on leave from the Swiss club Ambri-Piotta as of Tuesday.  

All five players are pleading not guilty to charges laid in January, and aren’t expected to be in court until early September, during pretrial motions — when lawyers argue about what evidence should be presented when the case goes to trial before Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas.

They’re all facing one charge of sexual assault. McLeod is facing an additional charge of being party to an offence. 

A trial date has not been set. The players have all requested a jury trial. 

In February, London, Ont., police Chief Thai Truong apologized to the alleged victim becuase it took six years to lay sexual assault charges against the five hockey players.

The case first broke after TSN reported that a civil suit had been settled between the victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.

Details from court documents later emerged that she had been drinking with players at Jack’s Bar in downtown London, and then went back to the Delta hotel for consensual sex with one player. She said she was later sexually assaulted when multiple players came into the room.

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