Chicago Blackhawks leaders are accused of ignoring allegations of sexual assault against former Blackhawks coach by two former players, according to one TSN’s Rick Westhead report. The charges come from a lawsuit that an anonymous former Chicago player filed in Illinois court last month, with more details from the TSN report.
The players informed then-skills coach Paul Vincent of their allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich, who is named in the lawsuit. Vincent then informed then Blackhawks president John McDonough, vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac, general manager Stan Bowman and team sports psychologist James Gary, and begged them to contact the police. The request would have been refused.
In addition to being sexually assaulted on various occasions, the player, referred to as “John Doe” in court documents, accuses Aldrich of sending “inappropriate texts” and of threatening him “physically, financially and emotionally”. ‘he “did not engage in sexual activity.”
The Blackhawks declined to comment on the story to TSN as the case is ongoing and the organization’s attorney said the case should be dismissed due to statute of limitations laws.
Aldrich remained with the Blackhawks throughout the 2010 season, and was even able to get a shot with the Stanley Cup. He eventually joined the Michigan high school hockey team. He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in October 2013 in a case involving a 17-year-old player, and is a registered sex offender in the state after nine months in prison and five years probation.
Court records show the former anonymous Blackhawks player accuses the organization of having served as a benchmark for Aldrich in his future job search, which led to him getting the job at that high school.