- Topi Ronni is stepping away from his Finnish team Tappara Tampere
- The alleged rape happened when the hockey prospect was a minor
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Calgary Flames prospect Topi Ronni informed his Finnish Elite League team on Thursday that he is under investigation for a rape allegation that occurred two years ago in his native Finland.
Ronni was selected in the second round of the 2022 NHL draft by Calgary, and is in his third season playing for Tappara Tampere. He appeared in five games for Finland at the 2023 world junior championship.
The Flames issued a statement saying they became aware of a potential legal issue involving Ronni after the draft. ‘We take this matter seriously and will let the legal process follow its due course,’ the Flames said.
In an announcement posted on its website, Tappara Tampere said Ronni is stepping away from team activities after receiving a court summons.
In a statement translated from Finnish, Ronni said: ‘The last two or so years have been hard waiting for the matter to progress. I trust that the related course of events will be clarified in connection with the trial.’
Finland’s Topi Ronni, left, chases Latvia’s Emils Veckaktins, right, behind the net during first-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game
The Flames said they became aware of a potential legal issue involving Ronni after the draft
‘I’ll be away from [the] team’s activities for the time being and I am focusing on handling the matter.’
The 19-year-old center was a minor at the time of the alleged rape.
Details of the alleged rape are unknown because the case documents are sealed, and a court hearing date has not been scheduled.
Tampere CEO Mika Aro also said in a translated team statement, ‘We take the suspected crime seriously, but we are waiting for the court hearing and will evaluate the player’s position after that. This is also about labor law.’
Ronni has one goal and one assist in 12 games for the Tappara this season.
The Flames are 2-1-1 to start the NHL season.