What happened with Kyle Beach takes that mistrust to a whole new level.
NHLPA chief Donald Fehr issued an apology statement Thursday morning after Beach identified himself as “John Doe” in the cover-up and the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal in 2010.
In it, Fehr agreed with Beach, admitting that the NHLPA was part of the system that “failed” the Blackhawks’ former No. 11 overall pick, who was sexually assaulted by the team video coach, Bradley Aldrich, as part of the Black Aces in the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup Championship race.
“Kyle Beach had a horrible experience and showed real courage in telling his story. There is no doubt that the system has failed to support him in his difficult times, and we are part of that system, ”Fehr wrote.
“In his media interview, Mr. Beach said that several months after the incident, he told someone from NHLPA the details of what happened to him. It refers to one of the doctors in the NHL / NHLPA Player Assistance Program. program is confidential between players and doctors, the seriousness of this incident should have resulted in further action on our part.
“I am so sorry and I am committed to making changes so that this does not happen again. “
According to the independent investigation into the sexual assault, which resulted in the dismissal of the remaining members of the 2010 management team, Fehr suggested that Beach, or the individual, could speak to a therapist affiliated with the NHLPA ” even though he was not a member of the NHLPA. “
Fehr denied remembering her conversation with Beach’s confidant as part of the investigative report.
Beach said this about Fehr’s role as leader of the NHLPA in his powerful interview with TSN’s Westhead on Wednesday, in which he revealed his identity.
“I know I reported every detail to someone from NHLPA, who I was put in contact with after, I think, two different people spoke to Don Fehr. Whether he turns his back on the players when his only job is to protect the players at all costs, I don’t know how that can be your leader. “
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman plans to meet with Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who were members of the Blackhawks organization and who have was involved in a meeting regarding the abuse Beach suffered several weeks before it was reported to the man. Resources.
It’s unclear whether Bettman, or someone else with authority, plans to meet with Fehr to discuss his role in Beach’s trauma, and the abuse of Aldrich, now a convicted felon, may have continued.
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