Morning Free Association: Blackhawks Down

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I haven’t spoken about this here, but the Chicago Blackhawks have been independently investigated by a Chicago lawfirm after a former unnamed prospect made allegations and sued the hockey team for doing nothing about sexual assaults perpetrated by Brad Aldrich, the team’s former video coach. Aldrich was allowed to perform his duties throughout the playoffs that year before being let go some time after the championship parade.

Aldrich would go on to be employed by Miami University and volunteer at a high school after leaving the Blackhawks. He continued to assault young men in these employment and opportunities. An investigation conducted by Miami University found that he abused two hockey players in the fall of 2012. He eventually served time for the assault of a minor.

While the Blackhawks apparently didn’t give recommendations for Aldrich’s future employment, they also didn’t do anything to prevent his future employment like report him to the police. In fact, it turns out that Blackhawks management up through General Manager Stan Bowman knew about the harassment and possibly the assaults. And they chose to do nothing about it until after the playoffs because they didn’t want to disrupt what became a championship run.

What’s more damning is that the coaches up through Bowman had a meeting and decided to do nothing about Aldrich for an entire month. Aldrich was employed through the Stanley Cup celebrations during which time he allegedly harassed an intern and continued to intimidate the young player he assaulted a month prior. When the team did address the issue, they gave Aldrich the choice to undergo an investigation or to resign. His choice resulted in no further action.

Below is the video call from Blackhawks. Here is the report by Reid Schar of Jenner and Block, the firm that investigated the allegations.

As a result of the investigation, Stan Bowman is out as GM. He reportedly resigned but the Wirtzes have stated that anyone in that management group will no longer be employed by the team. That means that Senior VP Al MacIsaac is gone as well.

Later in the evening, he also resigned as GM of US Olympic hockey team.

While Joel Quenneville and former AGM Kevin Cheveldayoff are no longer employed by the team, they should be also be fired by their current teams.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has put the kibosh on that for right now, electing to meet with both men prior to making a decision about their future employment.

As of now, the Panthers have no comment.

The NHL has levied a $2 million dollar slap on the wrist to the team for its role in the coverup. If Stan Bowman and other wish to be employed again, they need to go through him.

The one good thing that has come from this, besides organizational change in Chicago, is that the Blackhawks plan to pay the former Hawks player and the former high school player for their role in the abuse. It isn’t nearly enough. The former prospect is still dealing with the assault 11 years later. All the money in the world won’t make it better.

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Nice!

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Just to lighten the mood: Leah is on school holidays at the moment, but her science homework is to make models of cells. She has decided to do hers in cake form. She’s done red blood cells, white blood cells, fat cells and … sperm cells.

So I’m looking forward to tucking into a sperm cake later on.

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Ha!

And baking is a science so she’s doing extra science!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Bake someone happy!

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Morning all. My thoughts are with the victims.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good morning!
I just read this story. It’s a story that we’ve heard before, too many times. And as GH stated, no amount of money can fix it for the victims.

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Yep, one of the more annoying things about western society is the apparent belief that you can solve any problem by throwing money at it. Maybe because the ones who make the rules are so obsessed with it?

I wonder how many other teams would have dealt with it the same way. Sadly, probably most.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I wonder how many other teams would have dealt with it the same way. Sadly, probably most.

History confirms this. sad

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Yup, it’s a systemic problem and a lot of people don’t want the system to change because it benefits them too much…or just don’t care because it doesn’t effect them.