Whitefish Hockey Coach Faces Rape Charges (Minor Male in Butte) $250,000 Bail


Jami Leslie James was hired as the Hockey Director for the Glacier Hockey Association in Whitefish, MT at the Stumptown Ice Den several years ago and was fired early on. After that James started his own “North American Prep” Hockey Academy where he rented ice time from the Stumptown Ice Den. He instructed youth in the sport of hockey (young children through high school age). James would run summer camps in Whitefish and around the state of Montana as well as other states.

BUTTE, Mont. – Charges have been filed against a hockey coach who is accused of raping a minor boy in 2019.

Court documents state Jami Leslie James is charged with sexual intercourse without consent after he knowingly slept with an underage boy at a hotel in Butte back in September of 2019. 

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James is a hockey coach and offers training camps through his company North American Prep in Whitefish.

SafeSport, an organization that governs player and coach safety for U.S.A. hockey, certified James as a U.S.A. Hockey Coach, however, in 2022, he was issued a temporary suspension for “allegations of misconduct.”

Whitefish Mt Youth Hockey Instructor/Camps

We’ve emailed SafeSport and are waiting to hear back from them regarding these allegations as well as the suspension.

According to the Flathead County jail roster, James has a $250,000 bail and is being extradited to Butte-Silver Bow County. 

You can read the full report here. Meridith Depping & Bradley Warren

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