Former Ottawa Senator Turns Himself In To Police

An update on Sunday in regards to the troubling story out of London, Ontario, where former Ottawa Senator and 2018 Team Canada world juniors member Alex Formenton has turned himself in to London police. 

This is a follow-up to the breaking news of this past week that five players from that 2018 juniors team were ordered to turn themselves into police in regards to alleged sexual assault charges dating back to that year. 

"The London Police have charged several players, including Alex Formenton, in connection with an accusation made in 2018," the player's legal team said in a statement to The Globe and Mail. "Alex will vigorously defend his innocence and asks that people not rush to judgment without hearing all of the evidence.”

Formenton recently took a leave of absence from his Swiss team, HC Ambri-Piotta, for "personal reasons." He last played in the NHL in 2021-22 with the Senators.

In the NHL, four other members of that 2018 Canadian juniors team also were granted leaves of absence over the past week: goaltender Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers, Cal Foote and Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube.

London Police have said that they expect to hold a media availability on Feb. 5 to provide further updates and details.