Report: Hockey Canada owned condo in downtown Toronto for seven years

Hockey Canada's logo pictured on a jersey. (Graham Hughes/CP)

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Hockey Canada owned a two-bedroom condo across the street from the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs for seven years last decade, Postmedia's John Kryk reported on Tuesday night.

The report comes with Hockey Canada in the midst of a scandal stemming from a settlement reached after an alleged sexual assault involving eight junior hockey players following a gala in London, Ont., in 2018.

Hockey Canada confirms to Kryk that it owned the condo in Maple Leaf Square, across from Scotiabank Arena, from 2010 to 2017 before selling the unit.

Hockey Canada said in a statement to Postmedia that it was purchased to "alleviate costs associated with staff and directors travelling to Toronto, including for the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships."

A person familiar with the purchase of the condo told Sportsnet that Hockey Canada officials were using the condo almost every month and that it was sold for a profit.

However, Hockey Canada did not announce the World Juniors would be in Toronto and Montreal for those years until 2013 -- three years after the condo was purchased.

Hockey Canada told Postmedia it did not purchase a condo in Montreal.

Karen Phibbs, a vice chair and Hockey Canada director from 2013 to 2015, told Postmedia she had no knowledge of the condo.

Bob Nicholson, who is now chairman of the Edmonton Oilers, was at the helm of Hockey Canada when the condo was purchased.

There have been numerous calls for a change in leadership at Hockey Canada, including from the federal government.

Scott Smith is currently the president/CEO for Hockey Canada. He has been with Hockey Canada since 1997 in various roles.

Smith handed out gold medals to the Canadian women's team after it beat the United States in the final of the World Championship on Sunday in Denmark.

The federal government froze funding to Hockey Canada in June. The funding is responsible for six per cent of Hockey Canada's budget.

--with files from Sportsnet's Paul D. Grant

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