Blackhawks vow to share findings of abuse probe


The Chicago Blackhawks are pledging to launch the findings of an unbiased investigation into allegations {that a} then-assistant coach sexually assaulted two gamers in 2010.

President of hockey operations and basic supervisor Stan Bowman confirmed Monday that CEO Danny Wirtz knowledgeable Blackhawks workers in a memo that the group will share the results of former federal prosecutor Reid Schar’s investigation and implement adjustments to handle any shortcomings.

“I believe Danny was very clear on the path the group’s taking,” Bowman mentioned throughout a video name with reporters. “Danny mentioned it fairly clearly there that this unbiased overview goes to be one thing that we’ll share outcomes with our workers, our companions, our followers and whatnot. I intend to cooperate totally with the investigation like I mentioned final time we met.”

Based on TSN, Bowman and different group executives have been in a gathering concerning the allegations towards Brad Aldrich in 2010 however nothing was reported on the time to the NHL or the police. He and coach Joel Quenneville, who was reportedly not at that assembly, have every mentioned they may cooperate.

The investigation got here after the submitting of two lawsuits towards the group. The primary alleges sexual assault by Aldrich throughout the group’s run to the 2010 Stanley Cup title, and the second was filed by a former pupil whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan.

A former participant mentioned Aldrich assaulted him, and that the group did nothing after he knowledgeable an worker. The lawsuit, filed on Might 7 in Cook dinner County Circuit Court docket, alleges Aldrich additionally assaulted one other unidentified Blackhawks participant. The previous participant who sued and is looking for greater than $150,000 in damages is referred within the doc as “John Doe.”

The eight-page lawsuit says Aldrich, then a video coach for the Blackhawks, “turned on porn and started to masturbate in entrance of” the participant with out his consent. It says Aldrich additionally threatened to “bodily, financially and emotionally” damage the participant if he “didn’t have interaction in sexual exercise” with him.

Based on TSN, two Blackhawks gamers informed then-skills coach Paul Vincent in Might 2010 of inappropriate habits by Aldrich. Vincent mentioned he requested psychological expertise coach James Gary to comply with up with the gamers and administration.

Vincent was known as into a gathering with Bowman, then-team President John McDonough, hockey govt Al MacIsaac and Gary the following day, TSN reported, and mentioned he requested the group to report the allegations to Chicago police, and the request was denied.

Along with working Chicago’s hockey operations division, Bowman is USA Hockey’s males’s GM for for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which may embrace NHL gamers. Requested Monday about the potential for occurring depart from that publish until or till he is cleared of any involvement in not reporting the sexual abuse 11 years in the past, Bowman mentioned it wasn’t a matter he may touch upon.

“USA Hockey has been in shut contact with the Blackhawks on a wide range of matters,” he mentioned. “I am not likely concerned in these conversations.”

When requested final week about Bowman recusing himself from that job choosing the 2022 U.S. males’s Olympic roster, USA Hockey govt director Pat Kelleher referred to the continued investigation by the Blackhawks.

“We have had discussions with each the Nationwide Hockey League and the Blackhawks to remain on top of things on their finish,” he mentioned. “I believe actually what we have checked out is there (is) an investigation that’s ongoing and with that underway, we’ll enable that investigation to happen and occur and we’ll simply monitor it and keep in communication with the Blackhawks and the NHL on it because it progresses.”

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