The Dryden GM Ice Dogs have responded to allegations of racism brought forward following a social media post last week after a playoff game between Dryden and the Fort Frances Lakers. 

The allegation, levied by a billet family in Fort Frances accuses players from the Ice Dogs of using offensive racial slurs on the ice during games. The post also alleges that Ice Dogs players "like to purposely hurt other players on the ice". 

On Tuesday (April 5, 2022), leadership within the Ice Dogs organization issued the following statement:

“As many in our community now know, there have been some disturbing allegations made against our team and players in recent days. We take this very seriously and we want to thank you for your patience and support as we continue to deal with this matter.”

“We have the utmost confidence in the honesty and sincerity of the seven Indigenous players on our roster, Dayvan Bull, Brandon Hill, Jackson Jacques, Tie Jacobs, Chase Muswagon, Nakoda Thunderchief, and Pineshish Whiteduck, as well as assistant Coach, Andrew Perrault.”

“Throughout this situation, we have learned much about their values and leadership, and are humbled by the standards to which they hold themselves and their teammates. The Dryden GM Ice Dogs have a zero-tolerance policy with regard to the alleged conduct and will always endeavour to improve and learn alongside our community partners.”

“In the meantime, we will continue to work diligently with the families involved, but privately in the spirit of true reconciliation.”

As of the time of writing this article the SIJHL has yet to comment on the allegations and it is unclear whether there will be further investigation.