Blackhawks have ignored 2010 sexual assault charge, investigation finds – .

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Blackhawks have ignored 2010 sexual assault charge, investigation finds – .


According to the report, on May 23, 2010, MacIsaac was informed by an anonymous employee that there may have been a sexual relationship between Aldrich and the player. MacIsaac asked Jim Gary, the team’s mental coach, to speak with the player. Gary told investigators he was told Aldrich was pressuring the player to have sex and threatening to damage his career if he didn’t.

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After the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, Bowman, MacIsaac and Gary met John McDonough, then team president; Kevin Cheveldayoff, the deputy general manager; Jay Blunk, executive vice president; and Joel Quenneville, the head coach.

Accounts of that reunion varied, the report said, with all attendees admitting to being made aware of an “unwelcome” sexual advance by Aldrich towards the player, but none of them said they were made aware of the incident. non-consensual sexual conduct that the player described in his trial.

Bowman told investigators that during the meeting McDonough and Quenneville “commented on the challenge of making it to the Stanley Cup Final and the desire to focus on the team and the playoffs.”

No Blackhawks employee would act until June 14, five days after the team won the Stanley Cup, and four days after Aldrich made a sexual advance to an intern during a championship celebration, according to the report.

That day McDonough informed the human resources manager of the May incident, and two days later the human resources manager met with Aldrich and said the team would either start an investigation or Aldrich could resign. .

Aldrich chose to resign, and no investigation was conducted at the time. According to the report, he received a playoff bonus and continued to receive his salary for “several months.” Aldrich also had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup and was allowed to celebrate with it in his hometown, and he received a championship ring and attended the banner-raising ceremony the following season.

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