Statement from Cobourg Cougars Hockey Club

COBOURG, ON, Sept. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - On Friday we were informed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) that its investigation into a house party that occurred in March has concluded without any charges being laid or further reason to investigate those attending the party.  

This has been a very difficult period in the 50-year history of the Cobourg Cougars.  We will now work diligently to put this chapter behind us and to focus on playing the game we love.  We are a strong, community-based and well-supported hockey organization and will continue to work hard to earn the respect of our fans and the community.  

On behalf of the team's executive leadership, we would like to thank the OPP for its work into the investigation.  We would also like to express our gratitude to our players for the leadership they showed throughout this period and to our families, billets, staff, fans, sponsors and volunteers for their patience during this time.

While no one associated with the team was responsible for the highly offensive Twitter activity, including the hashtag #consentisoverrated authored by Michael Dobie (@tmsdobie), that followed the party, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to anyone who was hurt by it.  The team has taken all steps necessary to disassociate itself from the highly offensive tweet that was erroneously reported in the press as being linked with the team.‎

Our hockey club (the staff, players, families, volunteers and team executives) sincerely appreciates all of the significant support and encouragement we have received during this very difficult period.   Further updates will be provided in the days ahead now that this matter has been concluded.

SOURCE Cobourg Cougars Hockey Club

For further information: Brent Tully, General Manager,

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