CHICAGO (NWN) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to Kyle Beach on Saturday about what the league can do to better protect its players after a former first-round player claimed he was sexually assaulted in 2010 by an assistant coach and his claims were largely ignored by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Susan Loggans, the attorney representing Beach in the lawsuit against the team, said Bettman expressed “sincere regret” about what Beach went through. He also offered to help the NHL with psychological services and everything else that was available in the league.
“There was a discussion about what can be done in the future so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again,” Loggans said in an email to NWN.
Beach, 31, is also due to meet with Donald Fehr, leader of the NHL players’ association, on Saturday via a separate videoconference.
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NWN usually does not identify people who claim to be victims of sexual assault unless they state it publicly. Beach spoke to TSN on Wednesday, and on Thursday he tweeted a statement thanking him for the support he has received in the past few days.
The NHL fined Chicago $ 2 million for “inadequate internal organizational procedures and insufficient and untimely response” to Beech’s accusations that he was sexually assaulted by Brad Aldrich during the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup.
According to a third-party law firm’s report ordered by the team in response to lawsuits by Beech and a former high school student Aldrich convicted of the Michigan attack, senior executives with the Blackhawks discussed Beech’s allegations in a May 23 meeting. 2010, just after Chicago entered the Stanley Cup. Aldrich told investigators that the meeting took place by mutual agreement.
Accounts of what was said during the meeting vary, but the report found that there was no evidence that anything had been done about the allegations before then-group president John McDonough contacted the group’s HR director on June 14. – a delay that disrupted the sexual relationship of the organization. persecution policy.
During these three weeks, Aldrich continued to work and travel with the team. Former federal attorney Reid Shar, who led the investigation, said Aldrich also “committed unwanted sexual harassment.” towards the 22-year-old Blackhawks trainee.
According to Blackhawks reportFer was contacted twice about allegations related to Aldrich, including from a confidant of Beach. Fehr told investigators that he could not remember any of the conversations, but did not deny that they took place.
Fehr said Wednesday night that “there is no doubt” that the system is out of order, and “we are part of this system.”
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