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NHL commissioner Bettman says 2018 Canada junior team investigation 'really close to the end'

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving members of Canada's 2018 world junior team is getting "really close to the end." In a media availability at the Bell Centre before the Montreal Canadiens' game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Bettman said that the investigation was "not a race" and that the goal was to "get it right." "Doing an investigation of this nature, getting access to information and people, isn't something that you can just snap your fingers and make happen," Bettman said. "Obviously, we're not the only ones conducting an investigation and apparently nobody's done yet and so we want to bring it to its conclusion, but we're just not there yet." "Getting access to people on a timely basis, we don't technically have subpoena power, getting documentary evidence that may be filed in places that you have to get access to," said Bettman. "It's complicated.

It's not like simply saying, we want it to happen. But we're trying to work it through when we get to the end and we want to get it right." The NHL began its own review after news surfaced that Hockey Canada settled a lawsuit with a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by eight members of the country's world junior team at a gala in 2018.

Several players from that gold medal-winning team are currently in the NHL. The allegations have not been proven in court. Bettman also said that the process to sell the Ottawa Senators was "underway." After the death of owner Eugene Melnyk, Senators Sports & Entertainment said in November that the club would be looking at potential buyers. WATCH l Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds interested in buying Senators: "I believe that the data room is open,"

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