Former Blackhawk Player Sues Team Over Alleged Sexual Assault

A former Chicago Blackhawks player is suing the team, claiming that he was sexually assaulted by a then-assistant coach in 2010, when the team made a run to the Stanley Cup championship.

The former player has not been identified. Per the lawsuit, the Blackhawks did nothing after he informed a team employee, who has since retired and is no longer involved with the franchise, about the alleged abuse.

While few names have come out, a report from WBEZ radio has led to some serious speculation on social media.

“After leaving the Blackhawks, former assistant coach Bradley Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student and is now on that state’s registry of sex offenders, Chicago public radio station WBEZ reported in a series of stories based on legal filings, police records and interviews,” The Associated Press wrote. “Inaction by the Blackhawks helped enable Aldrich to go on and assault the Michigan student, and possibly others, said Susan Loggans, the former player’s attorney.”

Also, per TSN, two Blackhawks players reported inappropriate behavior by Aldrich to then-skills coach Paul Vincent in May 2010.

“According to the lawsuit, the former player reported the allegation at the time to the team’s then-mental skills coach, James F. Gary,” the AP wrote. “It says Gary ‘convinced plaintiff that the sexual assault was his fault.'”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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