Graham James returns 1989 award from The Hockey News
The Hockey News says twice-convicted pedophile Graham James has returned a plaque the magazine gave him in his heyday as a junior coach. That happened recently when James approached a longtime NHL scout and asked him to return the plaque to The Hockey News.
The hockey publication declared James “man of the year” at its annual awards luncheon in June 1989. The “man of the year” accolade was given to James for his stance against violence and for leading the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos to the Memorial Cup less than 2 1/2 years after a bus crash took the lives of four players.
It appears that after the luncheon, James “later that night sexually assaulted Sheldon Kennedy in a hotel room paid for by The Hockey News.”
Columnist Ken Campbell says The Hockey News stripped James of the award when he pleaded guilty last December to the latest sex assault charges against him.
James was sentenced last month to two years in jail for sex assaults on retired NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin Todd Holt when they played junior hockey in the 1980s and ‘90s.
James previously served about 18 months of a 3 1/2 year-sentence in 1997 for molesting former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy and two other players before he got out of jail in 2000 and dropped out of public view.
In 1998, Kennedy roller bladed across Canada to raise awareness and funds for sexual abuse victims.
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