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Greg Gilhooly faces abuser Graham James

Greg Gilhooly, who was abused by hockey coach Graham James, will never have his day in court.
Greg Gilhooly speaks to reporters outside court in Winnipeg on Feb. 22, ahead of the Graham James sentencing hearing. (Claudine Richard-Beaudoin/CBC)

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.