Western University in London, Ont., confirmed it launched independent reviews into “concerns related to the women’s hockey program.”

The statement follows TSN reports claiming the reviews are due to allegations of inappropriate conduct raised against head coach Candice Moxley and Western strength and conditioning coach Jeff Watson.

“The safety of our students always comes first and Western has rigorous processes to review and address formal complaints,” Western said in a statement.

“With the help of an outside investigator, the university has initiated independent reviews to closely examine these matters and listen to all affected parties. As always, these types of reviews are confidential to respect the privacy of everyone involved.”

When a London Police Service spokesperson was asked if it was involved in any investigation related to the women’s hockey program, he said: “We have not received any reports.”

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The reviews are the latest in an examination of accusations of a toxic culture in organized sports.

Hockey Canada has faced intense scrutiny since May 2022, when it was revealed that the organization quietly settled a lawsuit after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by eight players, including members of the country’s world junior team, after a 2018 gala in London, Ontario.

The fallout led to revelations about Hockey Canada’s National Equity Fund (NEF), which is maintained by registration fees and used to pay uninsured liabilities, including sexual assault and abuse claims.

Hockey Canada later announced that members of the 2003 men’s world junior roster were being investigated for group sexual assault.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

– with files from Gregory Strong of The Canadian Press.

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