Former QMJHL players face long prison sentence

Published October 13, 2023 at 12:48

Yesterday, two former junior hockey players from the QMJHL pled guilty to sexual assault. This goes back to an incident that took place when both were active players of the Victoriaville Tigers. At the time of the assault, the team was in a playoff push, in June of 2021.

Nicolas Daigle and Massimo Siciliano went on to attend training camp and play preseason games before being arrested by the police. The QMJHL immediately suspended both players indefinitely.

Both Daigle and Siciliano plead guilty before the trial began. The two are now facing a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Former Victoriaville Tigres players Nicolas Daigle and Massimo Siciliano face up to 10 years in prison after they pleaded guilty to sexual assault today.
Crown attorney Michel Berube: «I hope that the courage of the victim in this case... will inspire anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to come forward – no matter how powerful or influential their perpetrator might have been.»

The swift action of both the QMJHL and the police in this case was something that should be commended.

The swift action of the QMJHL and the police should be commended in this case. The prevalence of sexual violence among hockey culture needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to rid the sport of these stains and make safer spaces around the game of hockey.
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