After reports of sexual abuse surfaced to reveal a former Chicago Blackhawks video coach abusing a prospect in 2010, the ‘Hawks are ensuring that the disgraced coach’s memory is wiped away from NHL history.
Kyle Beach, the victim in the sexual abuse case, stepped forward to claim reports of Brad Aldrich performing heinous acts in 2010.
Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz requested that the NHL Hall of Fame remove Brad Aldrich from the 2010 Cup. His name can now be seen X’d out, per TSN’s Ryan Rishaug.
The team’s negligence shifted to the forefront of the investigation as Beach revealed that the incident was kept under wraps to prevent interference with a deep run by Chicago in the postseason.
Chicago went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, but are now attempting to re-write history by trying to cover up for old mistakes.
News of the incident, released Oct. 26, also shifted some of the scrutiny to then-head coach of the Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville. Despite claiming that he was in the dark regarding Beach’s situation and that executives above his position were solely informed, the coach was held firm to the allegations.
Quenneville resigned as head coach of the Florida Panthers on Oct. 28 — stating that the PR hit should not fall on the Panthers. He released an official statement regarding his departure:
“With deep regret and contrition, I announce my resignation as head coach of the Florida Panthers. I want to express my sorrow for the pain this young man, Kyle Beach, has suffered. My former team, the Blackhawks, failed Kyle and I own my share of that. I want to reflect on how all of this happened and take the time to educate myself on ensuring hockey spaces are safe for everyone.”
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