The Kitchener Rangers have dropped a libel suit against a Michigan newspaper and a reporter over a story about financial compensation allegedly offered to a player.

   In a statement Chief Operating Officer Steve Bienkowski says the Michigan Daily has removed the article that caused the Kitchener Rangers to commence legal proceedings.

   But Bienkowski went onto say the Rangers are not discontinuing the action against the anonymous source. 

   Read the statement in its entirety below:

“The Michigan Daily has removed the article that caused the Kitchener Rangers to commence legal proceedings against the newspaper and the reporter, Matt Slovin.  As they have acceded to what was from the outset the Kitchener Rangers’ primary demand, we are discontinuing the legal proceedings as against the newspaper and Mr. Slovin.

The Kitchener Rangers remain gravely concerned about the ease with which a source hiding behind the cloak of anonymity was able to spread the false allegation that our organization offered Jacob Trouba financial compensation.

We are not discontinuing the action against the anonymous source. Although truth would be a complete defence to the libel action, we fully expect that the source will not have the courage to step forward, as there is not a shred of truth to the allegation, as the Ontario Hockey League investigation has now confirmed.

It is unfortunate that there are individuals so intent on harming our organization that they would fabricate and disseminate harmful lies. It is particularly unfortunate that they chose to implicate Jacob Trouba and his family, who should not have had to answer to the baseless allegation.”

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