An undisclosed member of the UQTR Patriotes men’s hockey team who had been temporarily suspended rejoined the team for OUA hockey this past weekend as the Patriotes hosted the Concordia Stingers.
Initially reported by TVA on Nov. 7, the student-athlete had been placed on administrative suspension pending an investigation after it emerged they allegedly hosted an Instagram account on which they publicly graded women, some of whom they had intimate relationships with.
The sanction prohibited him from playing with the team and visiting certain spots on the UQTR campus where he could have interacted with potential victims, per a report from Steve. Turcotte of Le Nouvelliste
While there was never an official complaint, the university launched an investigation into the matter, which remains open despite his return to competition.
“In light of new information obtained in the last few days, the university allows the student-athlete to train with the team, as well as to play,” Jean-Francois Hinse, head of media relations at UQTR, told Le Nouvelliste. “The measures to prevent the students involved in this dispute from crossing paths are, however, maintained for the moment.”
“It is possible that there will be other meetings in the coming days. There are still elements to clarify in this file. We also offer a lot of support to those involved. This file allowed us to return with all our student-athletes to remind us of our code of conduct.”
In his return to play, the player was the target of insults from the Concordia Stingers players, and opposing players made comments during warmups, as well as when the player’s name was announced over the loudspeakers.
Although he has returned to action and training with the team, the limits on where he can go on campus remain. There is a possibility that he could be further suspended and sanctioned as the investigation continues.
Quotes translated from French