Joel Quenneville to meet Gary Bettman after Blackhawks report

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement released by the league that he planned to meet with Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville after the publication of the investigation into how the Blackhawks were Chicago dealt with the sexual assault allegations against an assistant coach in 2010.

During the Blackhawks’ run for the Stanley Cup in 2010, an anonymous Chicago player alleged that then video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him.

Aldrich resigned after the Stanley Cup final instead of agreeing to an investigation, according to the report. However, he continued to be around the team. Aldrich was later convicted of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct involving a Michigan high school student.

The result of the wide-ranging investigation was released on Tuesday; Blackhawks team president Stan Bowman has resigned following the report and senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac is also absent.

The NHL also fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response in dealing with issues related to former video coach Brad Aldrich’s employment with the club and his final departure in 2010.

“The League and the Blackhawks have decided that a million dollars of the fine will go to fund local organizations in and around the Chicago community that provide advice and training, as well as support and assistance. survivors of sexual abuse and others. “

Quenneville, who was fired by the Blackhawks in 2018 and hired by the Panthers in 2019, previously said he only heard about the allegations “from the media.”

The inquest found that Quenneville attended a meeting about the sexual assault shortly after the Blackhawks won the 2010 Western Conference Championship.

Aldrich not only remained with the Blackhawks until the Stanley Cup Final, but he celebrated with the team after winning the championship.

The investigation also revealed that Aldrich made a sexual advance to a 22-year-old Blackhawks intern following a tag team championship celebration – weeks after the Blackhawks learned of the first allegations against Aldrich.

While Quenneville and former Chicago assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff no longer work for the Blackhawks, Bettman said he plans to meet with them both.

“With regard to MM. Cheveldayoff and Quenneville, who are currently employed by NHL clubs other than the Blackhawks, “reads Bettman’s NHL press release:” I plan to have personal meetings in the near future with the two. people to discuss their roles in relevant events as detailed in the report. I will reserve my judgment on the next steps, if any, with regard to them. “

Quenneville’s future with the Panthers is not known at this point.

Florida, having their best start in franchise history at 6-0, will host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Quenneville signed a six-year contract with the Panthers at the end of the 2018-19 season.


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