Entitled “Fostering A Safe and Inclusive NHL Culture,” Commissioner Gary Bettman’s three-page memo sets out the league’s commitment to a culture that is “safe, inclusive and free from abuse, harassment and all forms of contrary behavior. ethics or misconduct… ”
“… As stewards of the game, our property, our leaders, our staff, our players, our fans and the industry ecosystem at large expect that we, as leaders, to ensure the environments that represent and reinforce our values and standards, ”the memo reads. “Every day we all represent the NHL Shield. This is true whether your job function places you in the locker room, on the ice, in an office or elsewhere.
Addressed to all team governors, assistant governors, presidents, general managers and coaches, the note was sent out on the same day, the former Chicago Blackhawks first-round pick. Kyle Beach identified himself in an interview with TSN as the player known as “John Doe” in a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for mishandling his sexual assault allegations against a former team video coach.
The Blackhawks have been fined $ 2 million and two senior executives – general manager Stan Bowman and senior hockey operations manager Al MacIsaac – have parted ways with the team following a scathing report made public Tuesday after an independent investigation into the assault allegations.
“All league and club personnel, including players, are required to report immediately to the commissioner or assistant commissioner any conduct involving NHL and / or club personnel, on or off the ice, which is clearly inappropriate, illegal or manifestly abusive, or which may violate League policies, ”the note read.
“Reports can be made directly or through each organization’s internal protocols, or through the NHL Hotline, which has been operational since December 2020. The NHL Hotline is administered by Deloitte and reports can be made anonymously or for attribution based. of the registrant’s preference. . “
The NHL also states in the memo that it intends to pursue “targeted and personalized education for players, coaches and club hockey operations staff in a manner that increases awareness, understanding, cultural competence. and courage – all in accordance with our values of inclusion, safety and respect. . ”