No charges laid in bullying by North Vancouver teen hockey players

Prosecutors decide not to pursue charges following RCMP investigation

Prosecutors have decided not to lay criminal charges in connection with an alleged assault that was part of a bullying incident involving teen hockey players at the North Shore Winter Club.

North Vancouver RCMP launched an investigation into the incident after receiving information about it in January.

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RCMP forwarded a report on that investigation to Crown prosecutors but they opted not to pursue charges. Instead, those involved in the incident – who are all minors – have been dealt with through “alternative measures” outside of the court system, the North Shore News has learned.

Few details about what took place among the young teens at the private members-only club have been made available. A report in the National Post in January pointed to an allegation that one member of the Bantam Elite Team was subject to incidents of bullying and/or unwanted or inappropriate touching by other players in the locker room and weight room on Dec. 10.

The Post also reported that the team’s head coach quit over the club’s handling of the issue.

The North Shore Winter Club sent out a statement by board president Jay Frezell to members in January, describing the temporary suspensions that were issued to two players following an internal investigation by a disciplinary committee at the club. The two suspended players were reinstated on their team on Jan. 17 and 27.



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