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University of Ottawa extends suspension of men's varsity hockey team

The University of Ottawa has extended the suspension of its men's varsity hockey team while Thunder Bay Police continue to investigate allegations of gross misconduct dating back to the beginning of February.

While no charges have been laid the university's president announced an external review had found sufficient reason to keep the players off the ice.

But Allan Rock would not release the review's findings or say how many players are believed to have been involved.

"I can just tell you as the president of this university I was not proud of the conduct that I read about, to the point where I believe suspending the team for the entire coming year is the right thing to do," he said, expressing the need for new leadership for the team as well.

Rock announced the team's head coach RĂ©al Paiement has been fired after the external review found he knew about the events but didn't tell the school administration.

"He took action on his own but he didn't inform the university authorities which, to us, is among the most important factors and led, in great part, to the decision to bring the contract to an end," he said.

No charges have been laid but there are allegations a sexual assault occurred in Thunder Bay the first weekend in February while the team was in town for a game.

While play is suspended for the season the university is making sweeping changes to how varsity sports are run.

A second review was ordered back in March that looked into the management of all of the school's sports teams and several changes are pending including a code of conduct for athletes.

Those changes are expected to be implemented by September 2014.

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