The Ontario Hockey League official said his organization failed the players who were in her care.
David Branch says he did not know how bad a player is like Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo and other players have become public this week with charges of brutal blows.
In an interview with CBC Sports, the branch called the "ill" accusation.
"We have disappointed Dan and the other players who have been involved in my view and it is shocking. You know, I do not know how to say otherwise," says Branch.
In the last few days, four members of Sarnie Sting, 2002-2003, have been telling their stories about what they've been through.
"I left my home for 17 years to try to get into the NHL and do something." What I and 11 of us had to endure was everyday abuse, "says Carcillo, Stanley Cup with Chicago Blackhawks.
OHL Commissioner David Branch spoke @IoannaCBC about the alleged 2003 incident, when former NHLer Daniel Carcillo says he and other newcomers were filled into a toilet on a charter bus. pic.twitter.com/9QSij55xTg
Carcillo was packed in a busy bathroom naked and his teammates spit on his tobacco juice. He also said that the players are stripped naked, tied and defeated by a toothed goal.
Carcillo turned directly to the branch
Some of his teammates, including Goalkeeper Ryan Munce, set out quickly to confirm Carcilla's accusations and tell their own stories.
"There are guys who behave like KKK [Ku Klux Klan] because I went with a girl of another nationality and doing Hitler's signs before our Jewish friends until he went into tears, "recalls Munce.
"It's a constant day of abuse, when a man pressed a guy on the table and beat him with his belts and things, he was" the newbie of the day. ""
Follow Daniel Carcillo in detail about the abuse that lasted at 17:
The Branch says Carcillo has met him during this season about what's going on in Sarnia. He visited to investigate, but the manager and trainer were told that there were no serious incidents.
"There was one situation they described, which, though in my view, was dangerous, was not something that required discipline," the branch recalls.
"This was a newcomer who was included in the team's dresser and pushed down the corridor, and you know they're a little ruthlessly reflecting the walls and things of that nature, and that was really the extent of what came to me and a discussion as I recall."
Jeff Perry, Sarnie's head coach in 2002-2003, for the first time questioned Carcillo's claim that the management knew about abuse. However, Carcillo tweeted on Thursday that Perry was among the leaders who took the responsibility.
These last 3 days were extremely emotional. transformation.
The healing process started.
Now I have heard from a good number of veterans, general manager, coach & assistant coach of the team & # 03; Commissioners, who took all responsibility …
& mdash;@ CarBombBoom13
The call to Perry CBC Sports on Wednesday, which was looking for another comment, was not returned.
Branch says that in 2005 there was a major change of league around the crash. This year, the League issued a large series of fines and suspensions for Windsor Spitfires during a series of crashes.
"It was the first time and, frankly, the only time I got into trouble about initiation, amazement, and so on," says the branch.
However, he says the League has introduced a number of initiatives including zero tolerance policy.
"We had to support players,
"We had to support the players, make sure they understood what was right, what was acceptable, what not, and more importantly, I suggest, here is how you can get if you can not walk with your own coach or general manager, "says Branch.
The Branch also points to a number of mental health programs introduced by the League.
"People are looking at our league as the number one development league in the world for the national ice hockey league, which is. But our focus in the last 10 to 15 years is how do we support the person? And that's where we have made such a huge the progress we are so proud of. "
Watch how former teammate Carcilla reflects the experience of abuse:
Others from the hockey community seem to reflect the branch's belief that throwing is a by-product of old hockey culture that no longer exists.
"I think we need to understand that things have changed a lot," says Eric Wellwood, Coach Flint Firebirds from OHL.
"Through my experience in OHL, since I was 16 at the age of 16, until I was at the moment the leader of the league, I have removed all the bad, bad things that surround the League – and finally I think OHL deserves credit and should not be blurred with a story that might be true, but it has happened a long time ago. "
On Thursday night, OHL issued a statement that repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to anti-hawking politics.
"In the light of the recent attention paid to the hacking issue, the league with the team leadership has been talking, and all our member teams really provide all employees and players with the most important topic," read the statement.
"Our hope lies in the fact that interviews, education and awareness, attitudes that lead to amazing behavior and these unthinkable actions will disappear from sport and society."
I hope this change happened
A number of current NHL players have also responded to the comments of Carcillo, including Vancouver Canucks ahead of Bo Horvat.
"It's hard to hear such things, but I think this has faded in my junior hockey age," says Horvat.
"I've heard a lot about it and heard what they've been through in recent years, but I think we came to it when I started going to the junior concert, so I did not get that kind of thing.
Carcillo and the others who have come to hope have Branch and Horvat right. Carcillo also says he appreciates the members of Sarnia Sting who were addressing to talk about what happened.
At the same time, the change in hockey does not happen overnight.
"When you focus on a target, it's a little scary you'll accept to try to achieve that goal," says Carcillo.
"And when you talk, and when you talk too much in the hockey world and ask too many questions, they do not like it. You want to be a good soldier and do what they say."