Entertainment Sports Hockey Canada Reopens Investigation into Alleged Sexual Assault by Members of World Junior Team In an open letter, the organization said "we have not done enough" to "end the culture of toxic behaviour within our game" By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 15, 2022 04:21 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP Hockey Canada published an open letter on Thursday announcing it would reopen an independent investigation into an alleged sexual assault by eight members of its 2018 junior team. "We are reopening the investigation into the alleged sexual assault perpetrated by members of the 2018 National Junior Team," the organization said in its message. "This investigation continues to be led by an independent third party and will require all players to participate," Hockey Canada continued. "Those who do not will be banned from all Hockey Canada activities and programs effective immediately." According to the Washington Post, a woman claimed eight members of Canada's 2018 world junior team sexually assaulted her following a Hockey Canada Foundation golf event that June. A criminal investigation by police ended in 2019, the outlet reported. A different probe by a law firm hired by Hockey Canada was also closed in 2020. WWE's Vince McMahon Agreed to Pay $12 Million to Settle Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Report Last month, the Canadian government said it was halting federal and public funding for Hockey Canada until it shared the complete results of the initial investigation and its plans to address change in the organization, CNN reported. "This is about changing a deeply entrenched culture, it's not about simple Band-Aid solutions," Pascale St-Onge, Canada's Minister of Sport, tweeted of the funding freeze in June. In its letter, Hockey Canada called its two-year investigation into the assault "not perfect" and said reopening the case would be a "step towards addressing the disappointment so many feel about the outcome of the process we followed." Simone Biles 'Slept All the Time' After Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse: 'My Way to Escape Reality' "It's important for Canadians to understand that upon learning of these allegations, Hockey Canada immediately notified police and Sport Canada, and engaged a respected Canadian law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the matter that spanned more than two years. The process was not perfect, but our goal was to respect the integrity of the investigations." Hockey Canada said the alleged incident was "completely unacceptable" and apologized to "Canadians, the young woman, and all those who have been impacted." RELATED VIDEO: Simone Biles Slams USA Gymnastics' Alleged Inaction Over Larry Nassar Abuse: 'You Had One Job' "We know we have not done enough to address the actions of some members of the 2018 National Junior Team, or to end the culture of toxic behaviour within our game," the organization said in its message. They added: "For that we unreservedly apologize."