Veteran Saskatoon agent heads the Western Hockey League Player Advisory Board Pipa News

Veteran Saskatoon agent heads the Western Hockey League Player Advisory Board

Patrick Nogier knows hockey and he knows police work. Now he combines both.

Nogier is the new head of the Western Hockey League’s Player Advisory Council, which will provide WHL players and staff with an independent channel for complaints.

Nogier has more than two decades of experience investigating sex crimes and child exploitation with the Saskatoon Police Service.

He previously played goaltender for the Kamloops Blazers, Humboldt Broncos and Swift Current Broncos in the WHL, and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

The creation of the council comes as the hockey world comes under scrutiny for how abuse allegations are handled. The WHL already has a security network in place, and Nogier said this is just another layer of oversight.

“What we hope is that players don’t sit down for fear of retaliation for fear that something happens that could change the direction. [of their] career in hockey,” he said in an interview on Saskatoon Morning.

“I think we’re just creating an environment that will encourage disclosures from individuals when they think something’s gone off track. And if we’ve done that and if we get people to come forward and talk, I think that’s the first step in acknowledging behavior that we are trying to eradicate in hockey.”

The Board assesses all complaints submitted through an independent complaints channel. This includes complaints about bullying, intimidation and hazing. Criminal cases are immediately forwarded to the police.

The council will then make recommendations for appropriate measures.

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