Former junior hockey coach arrested in Alberta, going through sexual assault, assault prices in Regina

2021-05-05 08:53:35

A former junior hockey coach who spent at the very least 15 years with groups in Saskatchewan within the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s has been arrested in Alberta as a part of an ongoing Regina police investigation.

Bernard Charles Lynch, 66, was the topic of a warrant on prices of sexual assault and assault, says the Regina Police Service (RPS), noting it understands Lynch turned himself in on Saturday in Devon, Alta., which is roughly 40 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

RPS say Lynch, who stays in custody, can be transported again to Regina, however as of Tuesday, had not but arrived.

Hockey Canada has confirmed in a press release that police are investigating allegations of historic prison exercise involving Lynch.

“The prison investigation into the allegations of historic prison exercise involving Mr. Lynch continues to be ongoing and our group continues to cooperate with police in each Edson, Alta., and Regina, Sask., on this case,” the group wrote.

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Hockey Regina confirmed to International Information that Lynch coached minor groups throughout the group throughout the Nineties.

The CBC beforehand reported there have been allegations about Lynch’s conduct throughout that point.

Hockey Regina says these allegations predate the group’s present management and that it has not been contacted by RPS about them.

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Lynch was employed by the Edson Aeros Junior A Hockey Membership in 2018.

Edson is a city in Alberta about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.

The Aeros, in a press release on their web site dated Mar. 26, be aware “some troubling accusations raised with respect to Mr. Lynch’s skilled behaviour when he was with the group.”

The assertion says the problems have been addressed “instantly and instantly” by each the group and its league, the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).

“It’s also essential to understand that Mr. Lynch additionally acknowledged the necessity for enchancment, verbally and in writing, and we made our expectations clear to Mr. Lynch that such occurrences wouldn’t occur once more. On the time, enchancment in Mr. Lynch’s conduct was famous, together with by sport officers,” the assertion says.

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“Relating to latest information about Mr. Lynch’s state of affairs, I can solely affirm that when Mr. Lynch’s time period contract time period ended with us, and due to the evolving state of affairs with COVID-19, we determined to not pursue his contract. He was subsequently employed by the Fort Frances Lakers, and I can solely assume that membership undertook the identical degree of diligence in hiring him that we had initially finished, and that additionally they discovered nothing in his skilled background precluding him from a training place.”

The Fort Frances Lakers Hockey Affiliation (FFLHA) employed Lynch in September 2020.

Fort Frances is a city in Ontario, situated west of Lake Superior close to the province’s border with Minnesota.

In line with an undated assertion about Lynch on the FFLHA web site, on Jan. 1 the group was “made conscious of inappropriate communications from Mr. Lynch to a participant.” The next day, Lynch was suspended with out pay and ordered to not have contact with gamers or different members of the group.

The FFLHA notes Hockey Canada assisted the affiliation and league in a assessment and that “in mild of the findings” Lynch was terminated.

“Mr. Lynch’s conduct demonstrated a transparent breach of the relevant codes of conduct,” the FFLHA assertion says.

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Hockey Canada confirmed it launched an investigation lately that “included actions that allegedly occurred” in Fort Frances.

“Upon receiving the unique emails despatched by Mr. Lynch, we understood the severity of the state of affairs and instantly decided this communication to be inappropriate. Hockey Canada took rapid steps to make sure the protection of the participant in query and the stability of the gamers on the group,” Hockey Canada stated in its e-mail.

Hockey Canada famous that whereas Lynch has turned himself in, “this challenge should undergo due course of.”

Previous to teaching with the Lakers and Aeros, Lynch coached the Smith Falls Settlers, of the Canadian Premier Jr. Hockey League (CPJHL), based on media notices on the Aeros’ and Settlers’ web sites. They each be aware Lynch had expertise with elite nationwide camps in North America and Europe, the place he additionally coached within the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway and Sweden. His resume additionally features a stint at a U.S. school.

Within the late Eighties, Lynch coached for the Regina Pats, of the Western Hockey League, based on the worldwide hockey database, eliteprospects.com.

Lynch was additionally the top coach of the Humboldt Broncos, of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, from 1984 till 1987, additionally based on eliteprospects.com.


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