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‘John Doe’ of Blackhawks sexual abuse case identified as Kyle Beach

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‘John Doe’ of Blackhawks sexual abuse case identified as Kyle Beach

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Oct 29
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The “John Doe” who accused a Chicago Blackhawks coach of sexual assault in 2010 came forward on Wednesday and revealed himself to be former team prospect Kyle Beach.

“To be honest, I was scared mostly,” Beach told TSN anchor Rick Westhead. “I was fearful. I had my career threatened. I felt alone and dark. And I didn’t know what to do as a 20-year-old. I would never dream, or you could never imagine being put in this situation by somebody who’s supposed to be there to help you and to make you a better hockey player and a better person and continue to build your career.”

An independent law firm, Jenner & Block, released a report on Tuesday citing how Blackhawks president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman, as well as other team executives, failed to handle the allegation in a serious manner and did not properly investigate Beach’s claim that former team’s video coach Brad Aldrich assaulted him.

The report reads, “It is clear the organization and its executives at that time did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents.”

Bowman resigned following the release of the findings and also stepped down as GM of the 2022 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team.

“[The day the report was released] was a day of many emotions,” Beach said. “I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I cried some more. “It was very special and important to me to have that truth come out.”

On Thursday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville, who was then the Blackhawks head coach. Quenneville resigned later in the day.

Bettman will next meet with Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, who was then with the Blackhawks front office, on Friday to discuss his alleged involvement.

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purplekaworu Oct 29 2021

there was [a powerful article](https://theathletic.com/2917792/2021/10/27/lazerus-kyle-beachs-courage-and-humanity-is-in-sharp-contrast-with-the-craven-men-who-failed-him/) by mark lazerus in the athletic yesterday about the stark contrast between kyle beach's actions and blackhawks' callousness and neglect. it's unfortunate that it is under a paywall, but for those with an athletic subscription, please read it. for those without a subscription, here is the passage that broke me and highlights the absolute depravity of the blackhawks organization: >Kyle Beach is **sorry**. >Stan Bowman never said he’s sorry. In one of the worst prepared statements in public-relations history, the former Blackhawks general manager said he “regret(s) assuming” that John McDonough would report Beach’s allegations to the proper channels. >McDonough never said he’s sorry. The man who ruled the Blackhawks with an iron fist hasn’t spoken publicly since he was fired a year and a half ago. >Al MacIsaac never said he’s sorry. He disappeared from the organization as quietly as he ruled it for nearly two decades, not even mentioned by name in Danny Wirtz’s housecleaning on Tuesday. Kevin Cheveldayoff hasn’t said he’s sorry. He’s still running the Winnipeg Jets, claiming ignorance. Joel Quenneville hasn’t said he’s sorry. He was inexplicably behind the bench for the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night, a day before he was scheduled to fly to New York to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, a mustachioed symbol of how little the NHL truly has learned, how little the NHL truly has progressed. None of Beach’s prominent 2010 teammates have said they’re sorry, memories and timelines suddenly hazy and disturbing allegations of homophobic bullying on the ice and in the locker room hand-waved away as never having happened. edit: if someone wants to read the article, pm me.

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