Bergevin, whose Montreal side is preparing to play in the Stanley Cup Final, began his managerial career in Chicago from 2008-2012 and was director of player personnel in 2010 when the Blackhawks reportedly had a meeting to discuss the allegations sexual assault involving Aldrich.
“It came out recently, there was a meeting that I heard about that was held in Chicago, I was not part of any meeting, and I was not part of any decision based on that,” Bergevin said in a statement ahead of the Stanley Cup Final. conference on Sunday. “And I didn’t know anything at the time. So you can save that. “
The Blackhawks have remained silent on the matter as the NHL does not actively investigate how the club handled the situation. According to a lawsuit filed by unidentified former Blackhawks player “John Doe”, Aldrich sexually assaulted him and another player in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff race. John Doe claims over 150,000 $ in damages. Chicago radio station WBEZ first reported on the lawsuit, which was filed in May.
TSN reported last week that the players reported the incident to then Blackhawks coach Paul Vincent “on or about May 16, before the first game of the Western Conference Finals.” Vincent reportedly called a meeting a day later at the team’s hotel in San Jose and shared the information with then-team president John McDonagh, general manager Stan Bowman, vice Senior President of Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac and Mental Skills Coach James Gary. Vincent said he told executives to report the incident to Chicago Police, but it never happened.
An assistant coach of the team, John Torchetti, corroborated this story to TSN.
“After Paul showed up, he told me he felt so much better that it would be fixed, but he didn’t,” Torchetti told TSN. “The guys on this Blackhawks team trusted him. He was like a “coaching father” to them. Paul would be the one to tell the other guys on the coaching staff what was going on with the players and how we should approach them. I know it must have been very hard for him. »
A member of the Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010 told ESPN he believed the NHL was “trying to sweep the situation under the rug.”
The player told ESPN that Aldrich showed up for the squad photos ahead of the Cup parade and was never seen by the squad again.
There were rumors that “Aldrich tried to do something with the players,” the player told ESPN, but there was never any communication about what happened. The Blackhawks never announced to players that Aldrich had left the organization, let alone explain why.
“We are going to this parade with 3 million people, and within days we are separated all over the world and go into offseason mode,” the player said.
After that, the player said he never heard Aldrich’s name mentioned around the Blackhawks ever again.
“It’s scary to think that people could turn their heads and let this happen,” the player said, noting that he was very disturbed by reports that the Blackhawks wrote Aldrich a letter of recommendation for his. next job.
After leaving the Blackhawks, Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct involving a high school student. He was sentenced in 2014 to nine months in prison and five years of probation, which ended in 2019. He is now on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.