Blackhawks GM Bowman Resigns After Sexual Assault Probe

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Stan Bowman, the Chicago Blackhawks’ wide manager and president of hockey operations, resigned Tuesday aft an probe commissioned by the squad recovered helium was among a radical of leaders who failed to respond promptly to allegations that an adjunct manager sexually assaulted a subordinate successful 2010.

The Blackhawks hired Jenner & Block to behaviour what they called an autarkic reappraisal successful effect to 2 lawsuits filed against the franchise: 1 alleging sexual assault by then-assistant manager Brad Aldrich during the team’s Stanley Cup tally successful 2010 and different filed by a erstwhile pupil whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting successful Michigan.

Team CEO Danny Wirtz called the study “both disturbing and hard to read,” and the NHL fined the squad $2 cardinal for mishandling the accusations.

“Today’s good represents a nonstop and indispensable effect to the nonaccomplishment of the nine to travel up and code the 2010 incidental successful a timely and due manner,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said successful a statement. “The study makes wide that elder management’s handling of the alleged incidental included a nonaccomplishment to study the substance to Chicago ownership, some arsenic to what was alleged and however it was being handled.

Joel Quenneville Florida Panthers caput manager and erstwhile Chicago Blackhawks coach, Joel Quenneville, responds to a question during his archetypal sojourn backmost to Chicago arsenic a caput manager earlier an NHL hockey crippled betwixt the Blackhawks and Panthers, connected Jan. 21, 2020. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

Bowman said helium was stepping speech due to the fact that helium didn’t privation to beryllium a distraction for the team.

“Eleven years ago, portion serving successful my archetypal twelvemonth arsenic wide manager, I was made alert of imaginable inappropriate behaviour by a then-video manager involving a player,” helium said successful a connection released by the team. “I promptly reported the substance to the then-President and CEO who committed to handling the matter.

“I learned this twelvemonth that the inappropriate behaviour progressive a superior allegation of intersexual assault. I relied connected the absorption of my superior that helium would instrumentality due action. Looking back, present knowing helium did not grip the substance promptly, I regret assuming helium would bash so.”

Former national authoritative Reid Schar, who ran the investigation, said Tuesday that Bowman, erstwhile squad president John McDonough, hockey operations enforcement Al MacIsaac, erstwhile enforcement vice president Jay Blunk and then-assistant wide manager Kevin Cheveldayoff met with then-coach Joel Quenneville and intelligence skills manager Jim Gary to sermon the allegations successful May 2010.

Schar said accounts of the gathering “vary significantly.”

“What is wide is that aft being informed of Aldrich’s alleged intersexual harassment and misconduct with a subordinate nary enactment was taken for 3 weeks,” Schar said.

Quenneville is the caput manager of the Florida Panthers and Cheveldayoff is the GM of the Winnipeg Jets. There was nary contiguous connection from either squad connected their status. Bettman said helium would “reserve judgment” connected Quenneville and Cheveldayoff and plans to conscionable with them to sermon their roles successful the situation.

USA Hockey did not instantly person immoderate remark connected Bowman’s presumption arsenic GM for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Aldrich near the Blackhawks aft the 2009-10 season.

A erstwhile subordinate said Aldrich assaulted him, and that the squad did thing aft helium informed an employee. The lawsuit, filed May 7 successful Cook County Circuit Court, alleges Aldrich besides assaulted different unidentified Blackhawks player. The erstwhile subordinate who sued and is seeking much than $150,000 successful damages is referred successful the papers arsenic “John Doe.”

The eight-page suit says Aldrich, past a video manager for the Blackhawks, “turned connected porn and began to masturbate successful beforehand of” the subordinate without his consent. It says Aldrich besides threatened to “physically, financially and emotionally” wounded the subordinate if helium “did not prosecute successful intersexual activity” with him.

Aldrich was sentenced to 9 months successful situation for the Michigan assault.

By Jay Cohen and Stephen Whyno

The Associated Press

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