Former QMJHL players convicted of sexual assault to appeal their sentences

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Two former Quebec junior hockey players will appeal their prison sentences for sexually assaulting a minor in a hotel in June 2021 during a celebration of a Victoriaville Tigres championship victory.

On Monday, Judge Thomas Jacques of the Court of Quebec sentenced Nicolas Daigle to 32 months in prison and Massimo Siciliano to 30 months.

A lawyer for Siciliano, 21, has filed a motion to have his client given a suspended sentence and bail pending a decision.

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A lawyer for Daigle, 21, said he has filed a similar appeal on behalf of his client.

Both appeals are scheduled to be heard in the High Court in the provincial capital on Thursday.

At the time of the assault, both men were members of the Victoriaville Tigres, in what is now the Quebec Maritime Junior Hockey League, and the club was celebrating, on June 5, 2021, after winning the championship trophy.

The victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was an employee at the Quebec City-area hotel where the team was staying during the 2021 playoffs. She had befriended Daigle while he and his teammates lived at the hotel for about a month before their victory.

She had initially declined the team members' invitation to join their group. Citing hotel policy, she had also declined Daigle's request to join him in his room. But later that evening, after she left work, Daigle messaged her again and convinced her to return to the hotel.

The victim agreed to visit the room only with Daigle, but upon arrival she discovered that Siciliano, whom she did not know, was also present. She said she felt trapped before being assaulted by both of them, sometimes simultaneously, for about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, Daigle filmed the woman without her knowledge.

Both men pleaded guilty in October ahead of their trial.

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