Former NHL player to testify about sexual abuse

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 11:04 AM
Former NHL player to testify about sexual abuse

A former National Hockey League player who rocked the Canadian sports world with sexual abuse accusations against a former coach is the marque witness at a congressional hearing Tuesday examining such abuse in the wake of the Penn State scandal.

Sheldon Kennedy played in the NHL for several years beginning in 1989. His story was back in the news last week after his former coach in junior hockey pleaded guilty in Canada to sexual assaults involving two other former players, including NHL star Theoren Fleury. The former coach is Graham James, who already served time in prison for abusing other players, including Kennedy. James was quietly pardoned for his crimes in 2007, leading to public outcry.

The hearing is before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee subcommittee.