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LAJK SafeSport Announcement

By Jr. Kings Administrative, 03/29/19, 9:45AM PDT


On Saturday, March 9, a video was posted on a social media platform involving youth hockey players engaging in apparent USA Hockey SafeSport infractions. 

It has been confirmed the players in the video are members of the LA Jr Kings.

This video was the subject of a LAJK Internal Investigation which resulted in the suspension of 3 Team coaches and 15 Team members from all LA Jr Kings and Toyota Sports Center events & activities. 

Additionally the video was made the subject of a CAHA/Pacific District SafeSport investigation. 

Today the LAJK communicated to the players & coaches that as a component of their suspension they will be required to participate in a mandatory educational program comprised of sensitivity and social media training administered by outside professionals experienced in impactful positive youth education.

We are a club that prides itself on being a community; one that fosters values such as friendship, respect and teamwork, and upholds ideals like diversity, equality and tolerance. 

Two significant components of community are responsibility and accountability, and the LAJK recognize the importance of action beyond words. We have long claimed we foster the growth of student-athletes and leaders both on and off the ice. It is the LAJK community’s responsibility now to show how our actions contribute to both, and hold ourselves accountable to accomplishing these goals.

The events on March 9 are regretful to many, especially the players and parents. We will work together to educate and grow, and in this regard lead with action.

The LAJK will continue to cooperate to the extent necessary to assist in a thorough and complete SafeSport investigation. 

The LAJK have zero tolerance for SafeSport violations within the club and youth hockey, and furthermore we will uphold any additional actions required by CAHA and the Pacific District to demonstrate our commitment to USA Hockey goals and principles.

Steve Yovetich
President - LA Jr Kings Hockey