Bord Foren


Calgary Flames 19-year-old prospect Topi Ronni being investigated for rape in native Finland

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

In an announcement posted on its website, Tappara Tampere said Ronni is stepping away from team activities after receiving a court summons. The 19-year-old center was a minor at the time of the alleged rape.

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.”

Details of the alleged rape are unknown because the case documents are sealed, and a court hearing date has not been scheduled.

Other news
This image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Casey McWhorter, who was sentenced for the 1993 shooting death of Edward Lee Williams during a robbery. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey set a Nov. 16, 2023, execution date for McWhorter. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)Mid-November execution date set for Alabama inmate convicted of robbing, killing man in 1993FILE - Officers escort Richard Allen out of the Carroll County courthouse following a hearing, Nov. 22, 2022, in Delphi, Ind. Special Judge Fran Gull said during a scheduled hearing Thursday Oct. 19, 2023, that Allen's attorney Andrew Baldwin has withdrew his representation. Gull added that she expects Allen's other attorney, Bradley Rozzi, to withdraw in writing in the near future. Allen, of Delphi, was arrested in October 2022 and charged with two counts of murder in the 2017 slayings of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Attorneys for an Indiana man charged in 2 killings leave case amid questions of evidence securityPeople pay tributes to French teacher Dominique Bernard during his funeral, in Arras, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. Bernard, 57, was stabbed to death at the school by a suspected Islamist extremist. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)French presidential couple attend funeral service of teacher slain in school attack

Ronni was selected in the second round of the 2022 NHL draft by Calgary, and is in his third season playing for 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.

The Flames are playing in Buffalo on Thursday night as part of a five-game road trip.

READ:   Guatemalans block highways across the country to protest ongoing election turmoil