MJHL names independent investigator for hazing complaint
November 1, 2011
The Manitoba Junior Hockey has appointed an independent investigator to oversee a recent complaint of hazing within the Neepawa Natives hockey club, MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis announced today.
Ron Bell of Winnipeg, a retired law enforcement professional, will oversee the investigation which will focus on gathering additional information relevant to the complaint.
“Mr. Bell draws upon nearly three decades of law enforcement experience, in addition to his extensive hockey background,” said Davis. “His work will begin immediately and a final report is expected to be provided to the MJHL in approximately one month.
“Mr. Bell has worked many years in the field investigating and reporting on cases in virtually every manner that police services would engage in.”
Last month the MJHL announced it would re-open its investigation into a hazing complaint launched against several players on the Neepawa Natives. It was also announced that Neepawa Assistant Coach Brad Biggers has been suspended indefinitely.
Following its initial investigation, the MJHL announced a $5,000 fine and multiple player suspensions to the Natives.
“There is no excuse for this type of inappropriate behavior,” said Davis. “This independent investigation confirms the commitment of the MJHL to deal with this matter expediently and professionally.”