In the wake of recent coaching scandals involving abusive behavior and misconduct, the NHL is taking steps to crack down on abuse and create an easier way for whistle-blowers to report inappropriate behavior to the league. Commissioner Gary Bettman outlined some of these plans during a press conference in Pebble Beach, California, on Monday night.
Bettman revealed that the league is planning to implement a hotline that players and team personnel can use to report instances of misconduct carried out by team officials. This hotline will be available to current and former players with an option to remain anonymous.
“Professionalism and respect have always been important to the League, but it is now a particularly important time to discuss it because everyone is entitled to a respectful workplace,” said Bettman. “The world is changing for the better. This is an opportunity, and a moment, for positive change and this evolution should be expedited – for the benefit of everyone associated with the game we love.
“And even while change is taking effect, we still must acknowledge things that were wrong in the past. That acknowledgment allows those who were wronged to be heard, and it gives all of us an opportunity to prevent these things from happening again.”
The league says it wants to make it easier and safer for cases of inappropriate conduct to be reported, and that there will be “zero tolerance” for teams failing to notify the league after such incidents. Bettman said teams that fail to report could be subject to “severe discipline.”
Source: CBS Sports