Alex Formenton has been charged by the Canadian police: lawyer
Former NHL player Alex Formenton turned himself in to the police on Sunday due to an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of some members of the 2018 world junior team in Canada.
Formenton’s legal team confirmed to The Associated Press that police in London, Ontario, have charged Formenton and other players. Attorney Daniel Brown did not say what charge or charges Formenton is facing.
“Alex will vigorously defend his innocence and asks that people not rush to judgment without hearing all the evidence,” Brown said in a statement emailed to the AP. Brown did not respond to a follow-up message seeking more details.
Five players from Canada’s 2018 gold medal-winning world junior team were on leave last week from their current clubs amid reports that five members of the team had been asked to surrender to London police to face sexual assault charges. assault.
That includes Formenton, a former Ottawa Senators player now in Europe. His Swiss team, HC Ambri-Piotta, said he was granted an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons and was allowed to return to Canada.
The London Police scheduled a press conference for February 5 to address the situation and declined to comment further. Reached Sunday, a spokesman said the police “will provide all updates at our press conference.”
Formenton, 24, played 109 games for the Senators from the 2017-18 season to 2021-22 before his contract was renewed and he went overseas.
A message left Sunday with an attorney representing Hart was not immediately returned. Messages sent last week to the agents of all the vacationing players were also not returned.
London police launched an investigation in 2022 after word got out that Hockey Canada had settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by eight members of the gold medal-winning team in a you wander The Globe & Mail, citing unnamed sources, reported on Wednesday that five players from that team were asked to surrender to police in the city between Toronto and Detroit to face charges of sexual assault.
The NHL opened its own investigation in 2022 and promised to make the findings public.