A former player on the Kitchener Rangers, Eric Guest, is speaking out about his experience with abuse in the OHL.
Guest, who played with the Rangers for three seasons from 2016 to 2019, describes himself and another teammate being coerced to do cocaine when he was 16 by an older teammate.
As part of the 15-minute video shared to his Instagram, Guest says that he plans to continue talking about issues he experienced in the OHL, and that he feels able to speak out specifically because he’s no longer pursuing a career in pro hockey.
The topic of abuse, harassment and discrimination within hockey locker rooms has come under discussion over the last year with great intensity, following stories shared by multiple players of improper behaviour by coaches and teammates.
More recently, TSN In Depth with Rick Westhead has examined racism in the Greater Toronto Hockey League and how it was dealt with in the past, with penalties and suspensions being part of the process. The league recently announced a review of their processes by an independent committee, and are awaiting to hear if there are any recommendations for required change.