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    Default The full report on the Blackhawks sexual assault lawsuit released

    https://jenner.com/system/assets/ass...ber%202021.pdf

    Stan Bowman resigned a few hours before the report was released.

    From the executive summary:

    Our investigation uncovered the following events. On May 8 or 9, 2010, JohnDoe had a sexual encounter with Brad Aldrich. The Blackhawks were in themidst of the National Hockey League (“NHL”) playoffs and ultimately won theStanley Cup for the first time since 1961. John Doe was a twenty-year-oldhockey player for the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate team. He was calledup to Chicago during the 2010 playoffs to serve as a “Black Ace,” a prospectplayer who could be available to play for the Blackhawks if needed. BradAldrich was the Blackhawks’ twenty-seven-year-old video coach in his secondfull year in the job. Aldrich was responsible for cutting video clips of gamefootage for the other Blackhawks’ coaches.
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    John Doe stated,among other details, that on one occasion, during the second week of May2010, Aldrich invited him to his apartment, provided him with dinner anddrinks, told him he had the power to get John Doe onto the Blackhawks’ roster,and turned on pornography. John Doe stated that Aldrich threatened John Doeby telling John Doe he needed to act like he enjoyed the sexual encounter orJohn Doe would never play in the NHL “or walk” again

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    Later on May 23, within an hour after the Blackhawks won the playoff gamethat secured their place in the Stanley Cup Finals, five members of seniormanagement (then-President John McDonough, MacIsaac, General ManagerStan Bowman, then-Executive Vice President Jay Blunk, and then-AssistantGeneral Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff), along with then-head coach JoelQuenneville, and Gary, met to discuss what had been learned about Aldrichand John Doe.

    ....

    Bowman recalled that during the meeting, McDonough and Quenneville madecomments about the challenge of getting to the Stanley Cup Finals and a desireto focus on the team and the playoffs. Several years later, MacIsaac, indiscussing the situation between Aldrich and John Doe with anotherBlackhawks employee, stated that McDonough did not want any negativepublicity during the Stanley Cup Finals.

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    Aldrich continued to travel and work with the team, and participate in team activities throughoutthe playoffs. We found no evidence that any action was taken to address theissue until after the playoffs ended.A Blackhawks policy at the time provided that all reports of sexual harassmentwould be “promptly and thoroughly” investigated. Our investigationuncovered no evidence, however, that McDonough or anyone else eithercontacted Human Resources or initiated an investigation between May 23 andJune 14. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on June 9. On June 10, duringan evening in which players, coaches, and other employees took the StanleyCup to various Chicago locations to celebrate the team’s championship, Aldrichmade a sexual advance on a Blackhawks intern who was twenty-two years old,physically touching the intern.

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    On June 16, 2010, the Director of Human Resources met with Aldrich andoffered him the option to undergo an investigation into what occurred withJohn Doe or to resign. Aldrich chose to resign and signed a separationagreement during the meeting. No investigation was conducted. Aldrichreceived a severance and a playoff bonus, and continued to be paid a salary forseveral months. He was permitted to host the Stanley Cup for a day in hishometown, his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, he received a championship ring, and he attended a Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony atthe United Center. He went on to have paid and unpaid positions with USAHockey, the University of Notre Dame, Miami University in Ohio, andHoughton High School in Houghton, Michigan. While in Houghton, in 2013,Aldrich was arrested and pled guilty to fourth degree criminal sexual conductinvolving a minor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    https://jenner.com/system/assets/ass...ber%202021.pdf

    Stan Bowman resigned a few hours before the report was released.

    From the executive summary:

    Our investigation uncovered the following events. On May 8 or 9, 2010, JohnDoe had a sexual encounter with Brad Aldrich. The Blackhawks were in themidst of the National Hockey League (“NHL”) playoffs and ultimately won theStanley Cup for the first time since 1961. John Doe was a twenty-year-oldhockey player for the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate team. He was calledup to Chicago during the 2010 playoffs to serve as a “Black Ace,” a prospectplayer who could be available to play for the Blackhawks if needed. BradAldrich was the Blackhawks’ twenty-seven-year-old video coach in his secondfull year in the job. Aldrich was responsible for cutting video clips of gamefootage for the other Blackhawks’ coaches.
    ...

    John Doe stated,among other details, that on one occasion, during the second week of May2010, Aldrich invited him to his apartment, provided him with dinner anddrinks, told him he had the power to get John Doe onto the Blackhawks’ roster,and turned on pornography. John Doe stated that Aldrich threatened John Doeby telling John Doe he needed to act like he enjoyed the sexual encounter orJohn Doe would never play in the NHL “or walk” again

    ....

    Later on May 23, within an hour after the Blackhawks won the playoff gamethat secured their place in the Stanley Cup Finals, five members of seniormanagement (then-President John McDonough, MacIsaac, General ManagerStan Bowman, then-Executive Vice President Jay Blunk, and then-AssistantGeneral Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff), along with then-head coach JoelQuenneville, and Gary, met to discuss what had been learned about Aldrichand John Doe.

    ....

    Bowman recalled that during the meeting, McDonough and Quenneville madecomments about the challenge of getting to the Stanley Cup Finals and a desireto focus on the team and the playoffs. Several years later, MacIsaac, indiscussing the situation between Aldrich and John Doe with anotherBlackhawks employee, stated that McDonough did not want any negativepublicity during the Stanley Cup Finals.

    ...

    Aldrich continued to travel and work with the team, and participate in team activities throughoutthe playoffs. We found no evidence that any action was taken to address theissue until after the playoffs ended.A Blackhawks policy at the time provided that all reports of sexual harassmentwould be “promptly and thoroughly” investigated. Our investigationuncovered no evidence, however, that McDonough or anyone else eithercontacted Human Resources or initiated an investigation between May 23 andJune 14. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on June 9. On June 10, duringan evening in which players, coaches, and other employees took the StanleyCup to various Chicago locations to celebrate the team’s championship, Aldrichmade a sexual advance on a Blackhawks intern who was twenty-two years old,physically touching the intern.

    ...

    On June 16, 2010, the Director of Human Resources met with Aldrich andoffered him the option to undergo an investigation into what occurred withJohn Doe or to resign. Aldrich chose to resign and signed a separationagreement during the meeting. No investigation was conducted. Aldrichreceived a severance and a playoff bonus, and continued to be paid a salary forseveral months. He was permitted to host the Stanley Cup for a day in hishometown, his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, he received a championship ring, and he attended a Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony atthe United Center. He went on to have paid and unpaid positions with USAHockey, the University of Notre Dame, Miami University in Ohio, andHoughton High School in Houghton, Michigan. While in Houghton, in 2013,Aldrich was arrested and pled guilty to fourth degree criminal sexual conductinvolving a minor.
    Bowman also resigned as GM for the US Men's Olympic team. Will be interesting to see if Coach Q survives given he was well aware of it and wanted it kept quite because they were in the playoffs.

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    None of those executives deserves to have a career after this, as well as Don Fehr. They are all pieces of s--t.
    Instead of doing the right thing they ALL denied any knowledge of what happened. (for a decade!) Just like Joe Paterno @ Penn St
    Because they turned a blind eye to this, more innocent kids were victimized.

    And the 2010 roster who made fun of the guy can ALL go F--K themselves, except Nick Boynton & Brent Sopel. They had the decency to do the right thing.
    Joel Quenville - biggest ******* of them all
    Jonathan Toews
    Patrick Kane
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    Duncan Keith
    Dave Bolland
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    Marian Hossa
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    Brian Campbell
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    Bryan Bickell
    Colin Fraser
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    Quenneville resigned. During the Panthers best performance periods probably ever. Well, the message should be even clearer and louder this way...

    Were the Panthers not aware of this possibility, though? Seems like an awfully shortsighted signing...or was the story not known yet in 2019? If so...man, I do feel sorry for their fan base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hicks View Post
    None of those executives deserves to have a career after this, as well as Don Fehr. They are all pieces of s--t.
    Instead of doing the right thing they ALL denied any knowledge of what happened. (for a decade!) Just like Joe Paterno @ Penn St
    Because they turned a blind eye to this, more innocent kids were victimized.

    And the 2010 roster who made fun of the guy can ALL go F--K themselves, except Nick Boynton & Brent Sopel. They had the decency to do the right thing.
    Joel Quenville - biggest ******* of them all
    Jonathan Toews
    Patrick Kane
    Patrick Sharp
    Duncan Keith
    Dave Bolland
    Dustin Byfuglien
    Marian Hossa
    Kris Versteeg
    Brent Seabrook
    Niklas Hjalmarsson
    Troy Brouwer
    Tomas Kopecky
    Andrew Ladd
    Brian Campbell
    Ben Eager 18
    John Madden
    Bryan Bickell
    Colin Fraser
    Adam Burish
    Jordan Hendry
    Antti Niemi
    Cristobal Huet
    This for sure. I'd go as far as removing all of their names from the 2010 cup win, not just Aldrich. Complete failure by the entire organization, other than a few decent humans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2CUPS View Post
    This for sure. I'd go as far as removing all of their names from the 2010 cup win, not just Aldrich. Complete failure by the entire organization, other than a few decent humans.
    Yeah, the msg will not be sent to the players unless something like what you are proposing happens. The slurs etc... tells me that they knew something was up.

    Props to Sopel and Boynton for standing up

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    If anyone thinks the Blackhawks have taken steps to insure this never happens again, here’s Rocky Wirtz. And if anyone doesn’t think this toxicity comes from the top, again here’s Rocky Wirtz.

    https://twitter.com/wallmaz35/status...937861121?s=21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Tran View Post
    If anyone thinks the Blackhawks have taken steps to insure this never happens again, here’s Rocky Wirtz. And if anyone doesn’t think this toxicity comes from the top, again here’s Rocky Wirtz.

    https://twitter.com/wallmaz35/status...937861121?s=21
    Oof. I was afraid to click on the link, should have trusted my inner voice. Keeping things light...we could submit it to the subreddit of everythingisawful? I don't have an account but...guessing someone here does.

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    The owners better wake up soon.
    Allowing this type of behavior and image to exist in the league will not bode well for the leagues future.

    Younger fans won’t put up with this type of behavior. The league is in DIRE need for a younger fan base.
    Bettman and company are chasing away the future of the league.

    The more you think about the present day NHL, it’s leader, and it’s owners…..it’s almost as if they want to squeeze as much as they can from the present, and the future of the league be damned.

    The NHL needs a wake up call.

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