NHL team named after pregnant woman who was raped
NHL team owner Bruce McNallen announced that the Montreal Canadiens would name the team after a pregnant woman raped while at work last year.
McNallengs son was also sexually assaulted in the same manner by a former employee.
The name will be used in honor of Marie-Claude Leblanc, who was assaulted by a male coworker while working as a health care aide at a hospital in August 2016.
The name was chosen as a tribute to the 19-year-old woman’s family, said McNallens son, who is also the team’s president of business operations.
This is an honour for the family and the Montreal community.
The team will be named after Marie-Claire Leblanq, a woman who worked as a nurse at a medical facility.
This is the first time we’ve done this, said team president Bruce McNally.
“We have been fortunate enough to have the support of the community.
We are so grateful to the Leblans and to the entire Quebec community,” McNallan said in a statement.
It’s an honour to be associated with a team that honors the victims of sexual assault, and we want to continue to do so.
It’s a testament to our support for victims and our commitment to building a safer world.
McNallens family said the name will reflect “a team that recognizes the value of the woman who is a symbol of hope and change.”
McNally said the team is not commenting on the name until the team formally announces it.