The QMJHL is facing a class action suit by former player over allegations of hazing abuse with 2 teams

A former player with the Quebec major Junior Hockey League has filed a class-action lawsuit against the league and its teams alleging hazing abuse.

Carl Latulippe played for the league’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens and the Drummondville Voltigeurs between 1994 and 1996 and claims that he was abused during hazing rituals with both teams.

Latulippe, now 45, alleges being been forced by veteran players of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to undress and masturbate in front of his teammates on a team bus, with team coaches having full knowledge of the abuse that was happening. His lawsuit says he was later traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs where he again experienced abuse by members of that team during the hazing rituals.

The proposed class action lawsuit was filed In Quebec city on Tuesday, and a Quebec Superior Court judge must authorize the case before it can proceed. The Quebec league, member franchises and umbrella organization, the Canadian Hockey League, are the targets of the action which, at this stage, is seeking payment of $650,000 in damages for Latulippe, and an additional $15 million to be shared among the other alleged victims.

The action seeks to represent “all hockey players who have experienced abuse while they were minors and playing in the QMJHL starting from July, 1969.”

Your Legal Options After Sexual or Institutional Abuse

At Wagners, we’ve met survivors of sexual or institutional abuse who find it extremely difficult to share their experiences, even with a lawyer. We have a team that is professional and compassionate so you can rely on their experience to explain your legal options and provide the assistance you need to fight for your fair compensation. Abuse survivors can trust us to use the information they share to ensure the person or institution responsible are brought to justice. We take the time to evaluate the specifics of your case and advise on the best legal option to help you receive the monetary compensation you need to recover from the abuse you endured.

File criminal charges: If you take this option, you will not get monetary compensation. Investigations will be done, and the accused will be arrested if sufficient evidence is found. If the defendant is found guilty, he or she could face punishment like imprisonment.

Civil lawsuit: In this case, we pursue the case on behalf of the survivor in civil court. If found at fault, the assailant will be required to pay monetary compensation, which would assist the survivor to recover from the abuse.

Class action lawsuit: It is also possible to file a class action lawsuit against an assailant who assaulted several people. The group of survivors can come together to collectively file a class action suit against the person or institution that was responsible for the assault or abuse.


At Wagners, we firmly believe that no amount of compensation can eliminate the pain and suffering that your assailant caused, but there is so much good that comes from a successfully resolved  institutional or sexual abuse claim. As a survivor, the monetary compensation you receive can assist you to recover from the abuse and cater to the medical costs involved. Holding the assailant accountable also restores your dignity and encourages other victims of sexual and institutional abuse to come out and seek justice as well.

The amount of compensation you deserve for your sexual or institutional abuse claim will depend on many factors. Some of these factors include:

  • How the abuse affected your ability to support yourself and make sufficient income
  • The type of medical treatment you need or you have sought due to the abuse
  • The personal or unique circumstances of your lawsuit

We know that sexual or institutional abuse is a terrible experience, and many victims usually have a heavy burden that they are likely to carry for a long time. For this reason, we offer reliable legal assistance that you need to get the monetary burden off your shoulders. Our main goal is to build a strong strategy and successfully fight for your rights.


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