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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews And Patrick Kane Defend Fired Executive Amid Controversy

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Former Chicago Blackhawks player Kyle Beach came forward on Wednesday on TSN Canada’s SportsCentre as “John Doe,” the player who alleged that former team video coordinator Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him in 2010.

With Beach courageously revealing himself and what happened, general manager Stan Bowman has resigned from his duties. There are no longer any members of the 2010 front office in the organization, but two players remain: forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

The two took the ice on Wednesday night in Chicago’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but that wasn’t the story. What was said after the game, the two leaders’ recollection of what happened in 2010, was.

“We wish we could have done something differently, myself included,” Toews said, via ESPN. “My heart goes out to Kyle for what he dealt with. Wish I could have done something. It’s not an excuse looking back, but the truth is a lot of us were focused on just playing hockey.”

Toews continued, saying that Chicago was focused on winning hockey games despite hearing rumblings that something had happened.

“Not that it was a joke, but it was something that wasn’t taken super seriously at the time,” Toews said, via the Chicago Sun Times. “I thought Brad being let go or resigning from the organization was the way it was dealt with. … Had I been more connected to the situation and known some of the more gory details of it, I’d like to say yeah, I would’ve acted differently in my role as captain.”

With Bowman stepping down from his role, Kane had the opportunity to comment on his departure. Kane said that Bowman has meant a lot to his career but acknowledged the team was moving forward.

“He did a lot for me personally, coming into the league and over the course of my career,” Kane said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I’m sure he probably would’ve handled things a little bit differently nowadays.

“But what happened, happened in the past, and I think the organization made the right moves to get the Blackhawks going forward in the right steps and making sure we’re trending forward.”

Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville, who coached Chicago in 2010, was on the bench in the Panthers’ 4-1 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night, but elected not to speak to the media after the game.

Quenneville put out a statement before the game, saying he wouldn’t be addressing the media until his meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. That meeting was scheduled to take place on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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  1. I’m struggling with this. You’re a 20 year old professional athlete and you don’t just kick the living piss out of someone who supposedly sexually assaulted you? Is it “regret rape?” There’s so much “hero” and “brave” acclaim here when so little is known.

    Oh – and homophobic slurs were lovingly thrown around every hockey locker room in North America in 2010.

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