Michael McLeod and Cal Foote facing sexual assault charges, to surrender to police: report

Michael McLeod and Cal Foote are among four NHL players facing sexual assault charges who are expected to surrender to police in the coming days, reports Rick Westhead of TSN.

McLeod and Foote were given indefinite leaves of absence from the Devils last week.

They were both members of the Canadian World Juniors team in 2018, which has five members facing allegations of sexual assault, according to The Globe And Mail.

In addition to McLeod and Foote, three other players who were members of the 2018 Canadian World Juniors team have also been granted leaves of absence -- Dillon Dube of the Calgary Flames, Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers and Alex Formenton, who is currently playing for the Swiss league team HC Ambri Piotta.

In a lawsuit filed against Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, and eight unnamed players in April of 2022, a woman -- who elected at the time to not name any of the players involved -- alleged that she was sexually assaulted in a London, Ont. hotel room in June of 2018 after a Hockey Canada event.

Hockey Canada settled the lawsuit in May of 2022, but reopened its investigation after receiving backlash over its initial handling of the accusations.