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Canadian hockey officials to discuss Doan captaincy before parliamentary panel

Canadian hockey officials to discuss Doan captaincy before parliamentary panel

Canadian ice hockey officials have agreed to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain why Shane Doan was named Canada's captain at ice hockey's World Championship.
Canadian ice hockey federation president Bob Nicholson, chairman Rene Marcil and senior director Brad Pascall will appear Thursday before the House of Commons' Official Languages Committee.
They were not forced to testify _ but could have been subpoenaed had they rejected the committee's request.
Members of all political parties have asked to hear why the Phoenix Coyotes forward was chosen captain despite allegations he used an ethnic slur against a French-Canadian referee during a 2005 National Hockey League game.
Doan denied the incident and the league cleared him. The referee involved still insists there was a slur.
The issue emerged on Parliament Hill this week as opposition parties criticized Doan's selection to lead the national team at the tournament, which began last week in Russia.
Members of the Conservative government agreed that Hockey Canada should be asked to tell its side of the story and voted with the opposition to schedule a hearing.
Sport Canada was also summoned, and has also agreed to attend. The agency receives government funding and is responsible for Hockey Canada.


Updated : 2021-04-23 14:43 GMT+08:00