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Blackhawks begin settlement talks with Beach’s lawyer

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Blackhawks begin settlement talks with Beach’s lawyer

  • Blackhawks
Nov 03
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The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly reached out to former Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach’s attorney to discuss settlement talks in the wake of the 2010 sexual abuse scandal.

According to Susan Loggans, who represents Beach, the discussion took about an hour.

“The meeting was respectful and cordial for each side,” Loggans said. “But each side had different viewpoints. It was decided that an opportunity may exist to move forward. However, both parties will meet with their clients and meet again in the near future. No resolution occurred today, but a positive [dialogue] has begun.”

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and CEO Danny Wirtz, Rocky’s son, have expressed their intention to meet with Beach, but Loggans said he “wants to see a little bit more about how they’re going to treat the settlement issue before he makes his decision.”

Winnipeg Jets GM and former Blackhawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff offered an apology to Beach on Tuesday for the organization’s improper handling of his case 11 years ago.

“What Kyle went through is unacceptable and intolerable,” Cheveldayoff told the press in Winnipeg. “Kyle was failed by a system that should’ve helped him, but did not. I’m sorry that my own assumptions about that system were clearly not good enough.”

Earlier, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also addressed the league’s decision to hand down a $2 million fine to the Blackhawks, and the team regretted they did not respond to this allegation seriously.

“It is clear now that our organization did not do the right thing,” the Blackhawks said.

  • Kyle Beach

    Kyle Beach is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. As of 2021, he is under contract with Black Dragons Erfurt in the Oberliga.

  • Chicago Blackhawks

    The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Central Division in the Western Conference.

  • Rocky Wirtz

    William Rockwell "Rocky" Wirtz is the principal owner and chairman of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. He is also president of the Blackhawks' parent company, the Wirtz Corporation,

  • National Hockey League

    The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams—25 in the United States and 7 in Canada.