Victoriaville striker Nicholas Daigle, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, will not play in Ukraine as some rumors have suggested in recent hours. QMJHL has confirmed that it will not allow the release of the player it suspended.
The name Daigle resurfaced in the past few days when HC Rulav Oddr, a team that plays in the Ukrainian Hockey League (UHL), the Ukrainian professional league, announced that they had reached an agreement with him.
On Facebook, in the post announcing Daigle’s contract, someone clarified the charges still pending over the new acquisition.
The club replied, “To be found guilty and to be charged is a big difference. Nicholas will be the most famous young player in UHL history. […] And the fact that the guy is sexy, the residents of Kharkiv will like him. ”
This advertisement, in and of itself, was not false. Contrary to what has been traded, Daigle is still at home in the Thetford Mines and has not yet set foot in Ukraine. However, people close to the hockey player have assured us that the 19-year-old is already preparing to leave for Ukraine in the coming days.
Both the Victoriaville Tigres and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were unaware of the young hockey player’s steps at the time HC Rulav Oddr was published.
In order for a player who belongs to the QMJHL team to go and play elsewhere, he must obtain his release from the team, from the ring and, eventually, Canada hockey. Thursday morning, no such request was made to the Tigers as Commissioner Gilles Courtaut.
We have not received any such request. First we have to release the player and then Hockey Canada can authorize his departure. However, I can assure you that a player who has been suspended will never be released,” said QMJHL Director of Communications Maxime Bleuen, however.
This isn’t the first time the UHL has made headlines in North America. This is the same league in which, a few weeks ago, there was a racist gesture by Andrei Deniskin against Galen Smrick.
Deniskin finally received just three games of suspension and the commissioner of the circuit, Eugene Kulychev, was fired after wanting to condemn racism in Ukraine’s hockey game.
“Hipster-friendly tv trailblazer. Problem solver. Infuriatingly humble introvert. Reader. Student. Subtly charming bacon maven.”