Blackhawks GM Resigns, Team Fined After Sexual Assault Probe

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By Associated Press
October 26, 2021

The Blackhawks hired Jenner & Block to behaviour what they called an autarkic reappraisal successful effect to 2 lawsuits filed against the franchise.

The Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an adjunct manager sexually assaulted a subordinate during the team's Stanley Cup tally successful 2010, according to an probe commissioned by the franchise that formed a shadiness implicit the NHL connected Tuesday.

Stan Bowman, the wide manager and president of hockey operations, resigned successful the aftermath of the findings by an extracurricular instrumentality firm, and the NHL fined the squad $2 cardinal for "the organization's inadequate interior procedures and insufficient and untimely response."

Florida Panthers manager Joel Quenneville and Winnipeg Jets wide manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who were with the Blackhawks erstwhile the intersexual battle allegations were archetypal reported, besides were named successful the report. There was nary contiguous connection from either of their teams connected their status.

The Blackhawks hired Jenner & Block to behaviour what they called an autarkic reappraisal successful effect to 2 lawsuits filed against the franchise: 1 alleging intersexual battle 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 NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said it "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."

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 led 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 Cheveldayoff met with then-coach 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.

According to the report, Bowman recalled that, aft learning of the incident, Quenneville shook his caput and said it was hard for the squad to get to wherever it was, and they could not woody with this contented now.

While announcing successful July that helium would enactment successful the team's probe, Quenneville said successful a connection that helium "first learned of these allegations done the media earlier this summer."

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.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.