Joel Quenneville and Gary Bettman to meet over Chicago Blackhawks scandal – .

Joel Quenneville and Gary Bettman to meet over Chicago Blackhawks scandal – .

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville has scheduled a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday in New York to discuss his involvement in the Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse case.
Quenneville said he brought up the case with the team and didn’t think it would be a problem because “I think we’re trying to eliminate all the distractions.”

Bettman is also setting up a meeting with Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Chevalayoff – a member of the Blackhawks front office in 2010 – and in a statement Tuesday, the commissioner said he would “reserve judgment” on the two men until ‘so that they have a chance to speak. .

“I respect you all doing your jobs here and I have your own questions here,” Quenneville said Wednesday morning at the Panthers’ morning practice. “But I will not comment further before my meeting with the commissioner. “

The Panthers host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Over the summer, Quenneville publicly said he was unaware of the sexual assault allegations against then video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 as Chicago raced for the Stanley Cup.

But an investigation by the law firm Jenner & Block, commissioned by the Blackhawks, found that Quenneville was in fact aware of the situation and attended a meeting where Aldrich’s allegations were brought up.

Quenneville was one of 139 people interviewed by Jenner & Block for the investigation. The report indicates that Quenneville was not present for the first part of the meeting, but was summoned mid-term.

As former general manager Stan Bowman recalls in the report, after learning of Aldrich’s allegations, Quenneville “shook his head and said it was difficult for the team to get to where they were at. [the playoffs] and they couldn’t deal with this problem now. “

Aldrich remained with the team during the Stanley Cup celebrations. Aldrich was then offered the option by human resources to resign or participate in an investigation. He resigned.


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