Morning Free Association: What Leadership Is

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In the aftermath of the Jenner and Block investigation of the mishandling by the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks management of sexual assault allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich by Kyle Beach, the NHL has been reeling and trying to perform damage control. Gary Bettman has handed out some rather benign punishment to the team while stating that some of the management team could still be gainfully employed again in the NHL in the future if they ask Gary nicely enough. Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff somehow escaped unscathed and believes that while he did nothing in the past, he can make changes for the future. If you believe that one, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Some players have been candid about what they think of the situation as handled by the team, the NHL, and the NHLPA.

NHL Commissioner Bettman has declined to pay for counseling for the second plaintiff, John Doe 2 who was abused by Aldrich in Michigan as a minor, stating that he needed more information. What other information do you need since Aldrich was convicted? A team in his league let this guy go and do worse things.

This isn’t leadership.

Now under the guise of leadership and best practices, the NHL is reforming its strategy to have this information go to the top.

Sorry, when it’s something illegal, it needs to be reported to the police. I wouldn’t trust Bettman and company to drop off my dry cleaning.

One thing that I think about often is how much I admire the leadership of the Bruins. First it was Zdeno Chara who made sure that all players regardless of age or skill level were treated with respect and dignity. He doesn’t even like using the term “rookie” for first-year players because it creates a division and air of inequality in the room.

This is the man who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Right to Play Charity. No doubt he influenced Patrice Bergeron, who was already raised well by parents that included a social worker. Current alternate captain and noted pest Brad Marchand walks the walk as well.

Yesterday, Brandon Carlo spoke about how Patrice Bergeron and Bruce Cassidy felt that it was important that the team watch the Kyle Beach interview on TSN together.

This group wouldn’t let a player get minimized and ostracized after abuse, nor let the abuser get away with it. And while that seems like such a low bar in most cases, right now in the NHL, that is the best you could hope for.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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First snowflakes of the year!!

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Morning all. I watched the Netflix series High on the Hog back when it came out and recently have been reading the book. It looks at the African and African American influence on American cooking. I highly recommend both the show and the book, especially if you enjoy history and food.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wsEdxt1Ico

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Ooh, I do like a bit of African cuisine. Ethiopian and Moroccan street food is fab. (I’ve never had it in the streets of Ethiopia or Morocco, though).

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I love Ethiopian food! Great restaurant in New Haven, CT!!! That sourdough flatbread made with taff flour!!!! So yummy! When I cook, we are probably eating north African food!!! Just got a supply of berbere, important spice mix!!!

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So many wonderful flavors!

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We went for a Nepalese meal the other day – very nice, very strong flavours and one of the very few things improved (rather than ruined) by the cilantro that was in it! wink

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I will be checking it out. Thanks

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Good morning,
This story is so sad. Thing is, this is not the only time. What did we learn from Penn State? Nothing, I guess. How many other situations like this are unreported? God only knows… sad

A friend gave us their code and all so we can see Bruin home games now!! Yay!

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How many other situations like this are unreported? God only knows…

This has also very much been on my mind since the story came out. I try not to be a Debbie Downer but I just don’t think this is just a Blackhawks problem. Who know how many other stories league wide there are.

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Yep, there have been a few similar stories over here from various sports and organisations. Hopefully we’re coming round to the idea that it’s not just up to the victims to speak out, but up to everyone to look out for each other and not turn a blind eye when they suspect something is going on.