Stan Bowman eliminated as Blackhawks and Olympic general manager following investigation – .

Stan Bowman eliminated as Blackhawks and Olympic general manager following investigation – .

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac have stepped down on the team, owners Rocky and Danny Wirtz announced at a press conference on Tuesday after -midday. The measures are the result of an investigation by private company Jenner & Block into how the team handled allegations of sexual assault by former video coach Brad Aldrich.
Kyle Davidson will step in as interim CEO. Davidson, in his 11th season with the organization, was previously appointed assistant general manager of the team’s hockey administration.

Later Tuesday, Bowman, 48, also resigned his post as general manager of the US Olympic men’s hockey team for the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Bill Guerin is the current deputy general manager of the US team, but it is under investigation. by SafeSport for allegations of mismanagement of a separate and unrelated sexual assault allegation.

According to Reid Schar, a partner at Jenner and Block, 139 interviews were conducted during the four-month investigation, which was made public on Tuesday. The NHL also announced that the Blackhawks have been fined $ 2 million for “inadequate process and mismanagement of the 2010 affair related to the conduct of former video coach Brad Aldrich.”

In the press release announcing the fine, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the Blackhawks “have taken responsibility and ownership for what happened and have already implemented new preventative measures, as well as committed to making any additional changes that may be deemed appropriate as part of their action plan to investigation and report.

He added, “That said, today’s fine represents a direct and necessary response to the club’s failure to track and deal with the 2010 incident in a timely and appropriate manner. And that response should send a clear message to all NHL clubs and all NHL staff that inappropriate acts must be dealt with in a timely manner. “

Bettman also indicated that more talks are coming with former Blackhawks executive Kevin Cheveldayoff, now general manager of the Winnipeg Jets, and coach Joel Quenneville, who is now with the Florida Panthers.

“I plan to arrange personal meetings in the near future with the two people to discuss their roles in relevant events as detailed in the report,” Bettman said. “I will reserve my judgment on the next steps, if any, with regard to them. “

Bowman, who first joined the Blackhawks in 2001, took the reins as the ninth general manager in team history on July 14, 2009. In his first season, Chicago won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961. Two more Stanley Cup championships followed in 2013 and 2015. Bowman was promoted to president of hockey operations on December 16, 2020, shortly after the Blackhawks fired longtime executive John McDonough in April previous.

Bowman is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame Coach Scotty Bowman, currently Senior Hockey Operations Advisor to the Blackhawks and widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NHL history.

MacIsaac had been with the Blackhawks since 2000 in various roles. The Buffalo Sabers’ Draft Pick in 1987, the 54-year-old is a member of the ECHL Hall of Fame.

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