Greg Gilhooly, who was abused by hockey coach Graham James, will never have his day in court.

The Crown stayed the charges in a deal with the accused but Gilhooly will be at Wednesday's sentencing hearing anyway to face his abuser.

"I was probably kidding myself if I thought I was ever going to get an apology from Graham, let alone a satisfactory sentence," he told CBC News before Wednesday's hearing.

Gilhooly agreed in December to have the publication ban removed from his name. He said James approached him at a hockey tournament in 1979, when he was a 14-year-old goalie in Winnipeg.

Now a corporate lawyer based in Oakville, Ont., Gilhooly said he is not expecting much from James's sentencing hearing.