The fallout from the Chicago Blackhawks’ sexual abuse scandal has only grown since the team’s 107-page investigation report was released Tuesday, most recently with Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville resigning after a Thursday meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Quenneville – who trained Chicago for three Stanley Cup championships over 11 seasons – and five other Blackhawks employees failed to take immediate action against a former video coach who sexually assaulted a player in 2010, according to the report. The former first-round pick, Kyle Beach, came out on Wednesday as a victim.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac resigned two days before Quenneville, and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff – Chicago’s assistant general manager in 2010 – is expected to meet with Bettman on Monday. The NHL fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million for their improper handling of the charges. Here’s a chronological look at the case and what to expect next time.
May 8-9, 2010 – The assault on the beach
Former Blackhawks center Kyle Beach and video coach Brad Aldrich were engaged in a sexual encounter during the team’s Western Conference Finals series against the San Jose Sharks. Aldrich told investigators the meeting was consensual, but Beach said it was “completely without consent.” According to the report, Aldrich Beach told that he would never play in the NHL or go again if he did not “behave as if he enjoyed the sexual encounter.” Aldrich forced himself to the Beach.
May 12-19, 2010 – Beach confides in skills coach
Later in the Sharks series, Beach Blackhawks skill coach Paul Vincent told about the incident with Aldrich. Vincent – according to Beach, not the investigators – reported Beach’s claims to the Blackhawks’ front office, but Aldrich kept his job through the team’s Stanley Cup race. Beach described Vincent as a “great man” who “tried to do everything he could at the time.” However, the Blackhawks’ passivity after discovering the accusations made Beach “feel like I did not exist.”
May 23, 2010 – Blackhawks Senior Staff Meeting
MacIsaac hears about the alleged sexual encounter between Aldirch and Beach from an employee. After the Blackhawks’ series-winning victory over the Sharks, MacIsaac joined President John McDonough, Bowman, Executive Vice President Jay Blunk, Assistant General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, Quenneville, and Team Advisor Jim Gary to discuss the incident. Bowman recalled that McDonough and Quenneville had brushed the issue aside, with the former hoping to avoid bad publicity during the team’s Stanley Cup races, and the latter wanting to ensure his team had no distractions.
June 10, 2010 – Aldrich assaults Blackhawks trainee
One day after the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory, Aldrich allegedly made sexual advances against a 22-year-old team trainee. Aldrich “physically grabbed” the intern during the meeting, according to the report.
June 14-16, 2010 – Human resources become involved
McDonough told the Blackhawks ‘human resources about the charges against Aldrich and the senior executives’ meeting on May 23 and June 14. Two days later, Aldrich met with the Director of Human Resources. Aldrich neither confirmed nor denied his role in the incident with Beach, forcing the director to give him an ultimatum: an investigation or resignation. After choosing to retire, the Blackhawks gave Aldrich a resignation, playoff bonus and championship ring. Aldrich also got his name engraved on the cup, spent a day with the Stanley Cup and attended the team’s banner-raising ceremony the following season.
Fall 2012 – Aldrich assaults two in Miami (Ohio)
Aldrich sexually assaulted two men while serving as Miami (Ohio) University’s director of hockey. Miami found that Aldrich assaulted a Miami student working on the ice rink and a summer hockey camp intern, both after inviting them to sleep on his couch. Aldrich withdrew from Miami later that year.
March 2013 – Aldrich assaults high school student
While serving as a volunteer hockey coach for a high school team in Houghton, Michigan, Aldrich allegedly sexually assaulted one of his teenage players after a post-match party. Aldrich admitted his sexual advances to the teenager to police shortly after.
September 2013 – Blackhawks HR bricklayer Houghton Police
Houghton police are contacting the Blackhawks’ director of human resources for information about Aldrich. The director refused to provide any information about Alrdrich – other than his resignation – without a subpoena. Aldrich was eventually convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student.
February 13, 2014 – Aldrich sentenced to prison
Aldrich was sentenced to nine months in prison in Houghton County for his sexual assault on the high school player. Following his release, Aldrich was required to register as a sex offender, serve a five-year probation and pay compensation.
May 7, 2021 – Beach sues Blackhawks
Beach, then unnamed and referred to as “John Doe 1”, filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for failing to punish Aldrich after his alleged assault in 2010.
June 2021 – Blackhawks begin independent investigation
Chicago hired former federal prosecutor Redi Schar to conduct an “independent investigation” into Beach’s allegations. The investigation was released Tuesday and found that the Blackhawks violated their own policy of sexual harassment by waiting three weeks before intervening (Aldrich’s forced resignation), a sharp turn from the team’s obligation to investigate such issues “quickly and thoroughly.”
“The lack of immediate and thorough investigation of the case and the decision not to take any action from 23 May to 14 June had consequences,” the report read. “During that time, Aldrich continued to work with and travel with the team. Aldrich engaged in an unwanted sexual assault on a Blackhawks intern – physically engaging the intern in a sexual manner. And Aldrich continued to participate in team activities and festivities, in “Even after the allegations were finally reported to the Director of Human Resources, no investigation took place and Aldrich was allowed to resign and continue to participate in Stanley Cup victory events.”
October 26, 2021 – Bowman and MacIsaac retire
The Blackhawks announced that Bowman and MacIsaac, the lone members of the May 2010 senior meeting who remain with the team, have resigned from their respective roles. Vice President of Hockey Strategy and Analysis Kyle Davidson took over as Chicago’s interim general manager.
“The report is both disturbing and difficult to read,” said Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz, who added that the team’s senior executives did not take adequate action in 2010. “It speaks for itself. (Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz) and our management team reviewed the report, and we have had important and difficult conversations about how our organization will move forward. “
Later that day, the NHL announced that it had fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million for their “inadequate internal procedures and inadequate and untimely reactions in handling cases related to former video coach Brad Aldrich’s employment at the club and final departure in 2010.” The NHL and the Blackhawks agreed to send $ 1 million of the fines to Chicago organizations dedicated to supporting or helping survivors of sexual and other forms of abuse.
USA Hockey also announced that Bowman resigned as the team’s general manager for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
October 27, 2021
Beach appears as “John Doe” in the Blackhawks’ case of sexual assault. The 31-year-old, who currently plays in Germany, told TSN “it was a day full of emotions. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I cried some more. My boyfriend and I did not really know how we were going to feel. did not really know how to think. “
October 28, 2021 – Quenneville resigns
Quenneville withdrew after a meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York to discuss his involvement in the Blackhawks’ case of sexual assault. Andrew Brunette will serve as the team’s interim head coach. Bettman said in one announcement after Quenneville’s resignation that the coach would not receive any further punishment from the league – unless he tries to get into it again.
“If he wants to rejoin the league in any capacity in the future, I will require a meeting with him in advance to determine the appropriate conditions under which such a new appointment can take place.”
Beach also took to social media to thank fans for their “endless love and support,” but admitted, “my fight has really just begun as the Blackhawks continue to try to ruin my case in court.” He hopes to “promote safety as well as health and well-being for society as a whole” through his trial.
October 30 – Bettman talks to Bettman, NHLPA chief Donald Fehr
Bettman met with Beach to discuss how to prevent further sexual misconduct in the league. Susan Loggans, Beach’s lawyer, told the AP that Bettman conveyed his “sincere regret” over Beach’s experience and offered the league’s physiological services. Beach also met with NHL Players Association CEO Donald Fehr via a video conference later that day.
November 1, 2021 – Cheveldayoff meets with Bettman
Cheveldayoff, the Winnipeg Jets’ general manager, is scheduled to meet Bettman on Monday. The NHL has not yet announced a penalty for Cheveldayoff.