Alex Formenton, a former Canadian world junior hockey player and former member of the Ottawa Senators who currently plays in Switzerland, is facing charges in London, Ontario, his lawyer said Sunday.
“London police have charged several players, including Alex Formenton, in connection with an accusation made in 2018,” lead attorney Daniel Brown said in an email. “Alex will vigorously defend his innocence and asks people not to rush to judgment without hearing all the evidence.”
The Globe and Mail reported that Formenton turned himself in to London police earlier in the day.
The newspaper, citing two anonymous sources, reported earlier in the week that the charges were linked to an alleged gang sexual assault against a woman in a hotel room in London, Ont., in 2018. None of the allegations were been proven in court.
CBC News has not independently verified the Globe and Mail’s reporting.
Several players from the 2018 World Junior team requested and received time off this week from NHL and European teams. London police have not named any defendants.
“We will provide any updates at our press conference scheduled for February 5, 2024,” London police spokesman Matthew Dawson said in an email on Sunday.
A message left with Formenton’s agent was not immediately returned.