Former Kingston OHL billet, teacher facing sex charges

Neil Joynt.

Neil Joynt.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

KINGSTON - A Kingston man facing sexual assault charges against two boys dating back decades can now be named after a Napanee court lifted a publication ban Thursday.

Neil Joynt, 73, is a long-time billet with the Kingston Frontenacs/Canadians OHL franchise and was a phys-ed teacher at Calvin Park Public School before retiring.

Joynt was charged in November with indecent assault and sexual assault following an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police’s detachment in Napanee.

The male victims, both minors at the time, cannot be named under a publication ban. The charges have not been proven in court.

According to the initial release from the OPP, the indecent assault charge is for an alleged incident that took place between June 1, 1973, and Sept. 1, 1974, in the Township of Addington Highlands. The sexual assault charge involves a different victim and allegedly took place in 1997 in the City of Kingston.

The Joynt family served as billets for 33 years for hockey players from the Frontenacs/Canadians.

Their final billet stayed in their home in 2004.

Joynt has been widely praised by many of the players for his guidance, a number of whom have moved on to the NHL, including Tony McKegney – Joynt's first billet – and Drake Berehowsky.

Former NHLer Eric Lindros, formed a strong friendship with Joynt as he visited his younger brother Brett, who played for the Frontenacs before being drafted to the NHL, and has regularly returned to visit the family.


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