Two Vancouver Giants facing criminal charges

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Two Vancouver Giants facing criminal charges

Two Vancouver Giants – including the team’s leading scorer – are facing criminal charges.

19-year old defenceman Brett Kulak and 18-year old right winger Jackson Houck are each charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Kulak – who’s the team’s top scorer – faces a second charge of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

CKNW has learned the charges stem from an August 18th house party in Delta, but the details are not clear.

Both men have had three court appearances so far.

Kulak is due back November 20th; Houck February 28th of next year.

In the meantime, both continue to play for the Giants.

General Manager Scott Bonner and coach Don Hay have declined comment, saying the matter is before the courts.

A representative for the Western Hockey League says they have no comment at this time.


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  1. Congrats to ‘NW for bringing this troubling story to light; it appears there may have been a cover up on the part of the hockey team to protect two of its top players … now the team along with their players will have to account for the actions.

    • I’m not sure what having “to account for their actions” looks like these days.Even when criminals are prosecuted,”accountabilty” is hard to understand.Mosre often than not,a hug a thug judge just lets people walk anyway.
      In the bigger picture, though,I cannot help but wonder if all these leagues and all of our major corporations should post some kind of a “code of conduct” that it expects from it’s members and it’s employees.After the SC riots,some people lost their jobs when their employers decided that rioters who razed our city were not the kind of people they wanted working for them.People who go out in our communites need to hear a message.That being,that if you want to enjoy the benefits that our community offers,you are going to have to live up to at least some level of community expectations.
      On this very subject,I think it will be extremely intersting to see how the NFL deals with it’s latest problems.Taken seriously,they haven opportunity to set some kind of a standard for the entire sporting community.Both professional and amateur.
      They can say,that no matter how skilled you are,if you are not a person of decent character,we don’t want you on our team.
      Any thoughts on that approach???

      • Your “hug a thug” comment reminds me of Rob Ford’s election campaign. You know, the Toronto mayor who has been hanging out with thugs?

        As for the rest of your “plan”, here’s an idea: Punish people after they have been proven guilty. Not before. We use the word “justice”.

        • I cannot disagree with the your notion of justice.It is along the same line of thinking as mine.
          However,since the social engineers seem to be cutting off the notion of “punishment”,and since I am still hoping we can build a more civil society,I was hoping to promote other options when our justice system lets us down.
          But it doesn’t have to be one,or the other.Combinations of several strategies seems like the best,and possibly the ONLY way that the general public will ever see anything actually get done.
          Promoting ONLY this,or ONLY that,IMHO,seems to end up with constant bickering and gridlock.Where NOTHING at all actually happens.
          IMHO.”Punishment” can not be the ONLY rung in the ladder.It should be a part of a bigger strategy.

  2. Wow ! Talk about priorities ! Looks like the bottom line is the only prioriity the Giants have in focus – looks like they want to keep the dirty laundry out of sight and keep their fans watching the games through rose colored glasses !

  3. In any other business, an employee charged with a criminal offense would be suspended, typically with pay, until the charges have been settled.

    Sports entertainment, on the other hand … not so much.

  4. At one time, people were presumed to be innocent. Perhaps we should enforce the punishment first, and then have the trial later on. Some years ago, several members of the Duke Univ. field lacrosse team were accused of all kinds of criminal actions, only to discover that it was all a lie. The program was suspended, players were suspended, their names and reputations ruined, all based on lies. The news media did a very good job of spreading the lies-which is why nothing the mainstream consensus media reports should be taken at face value.

    So, it could be that the Giants know the truth and that truth might just be that there is a lot less to this than meets the eye. Generally, these teams spend a lot of time and energy to avoid this kind of thing-the Giants in particular-which is why they train and are billeted in Delta and just play in Vancouver. The Giants are one of the weaker teams in the WHL, so whether these guys play or not matters little as they are not likely to be contenders for anything. Let the courts handle this and let the chips fall where they may.