On Thursday, further details emerged in the lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks regarding Brad Aldrich. The suit states that in May 2010, Aldrich turned on pornography at his apartment and began to masturbate in front of the plaintiff. It also goes on to state that Aldrich blocked the exit and threatened the player with a small baseball bat saying he’d never play in the NHL again if he didn’t engage in nonconsensual sexual activity.
A screenshot from the lawsuit also states that for years after the abuse, the player was subject to homophobic and “humiliating trash talking by his teammates during scrimmages where coaches were present.”
This shortly after Blackhawks executive, Stan Bowman, pledged to cooperate with an investigation into the sexual assault allegations filed by two players in 2010 against the then video coach.
Back on May 14, 2021 an unnamed former Chicago Blackhawks player who was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup winning team, filed a lawsuit accusing the Blackhawks organization of ignoring allegations that he and an unidentified teammate were sexually assaulted by video coach, Brad Aldrich in May of 2010.
Is the NHL Doing Enough?
Now, just over a month after the above allegations, a new report suggests that players on the 2010 Stanley Cup winning team – perhaps every player – knew of the alleged abuse of the two players on the team.
Katie Strang, Mark Lazerus, and Scott Powers of The Athletic reported that a former player on the 2010 team indicated every player would come to find out about the allegations against Aldrich during the Western Conference Finals round of the playoffs that year against the San Jose Sharks.
It was then, at the team hotel and local bars, that word spread among the players that two teammates had accused video coach Brad Aldrich of sexual assault, alleging the he got them drunk and tried to perform oral sex on them.From The Athletic’s report
Every guy on the team knew about it, every single guy on the team knew.Unidentified player, Chicago Blackhawks (2010)
Brad Aldrich has been accused of sexually assaulting and harassing two unnamed former players on the Chicago Blackhawks 2009-2010 team. A second lawsuit has been filed against the Blackhawks organization, alleging they had knowledge of the incident in 2010, yet still provided Aldrich with positive recommendations for future employment, which helped him join future college and high school hockey programs after his departure from the team in 2010. There are also allegations against the Blackhawks citing team management knew about the abuse allegations during the 2010 postseason after the team’s skills coach, Paul Vincent, met with Stan Bowman, John McDonough, Al MacIsaac, and James Gary, and did not report Aldrich to the Chicago Police.
Recent developments also suggest that the incidents involving the former players and Aldrich were an “open secret” around the organization. The Athletic’s report also goes on to indicate:
Nick Boynton’s story does in fact backup the previous report that Paul Vincent did in fact have a meeting with high-ranking front office members. However, the allegations went unreported to authorities, Brad Aldrich remained with the team throughout the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and celebrated the Stanley Cup win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Though he did leave the team in 2010, the Blackhawks organization did not disclose the reasons behind his departure.
Brad would routinely befriend young interns and invite them to his apartment in Chicago to watch March Madness basketball and other sports.Former Blackhawks Marketing Official
I was told to steer clear of him because he had tried something at his apartment on a few players. This was not something that only a few people knew about. The entire training staff, a lot of people knew… this was an open secret.Former Blackhawks Marketing Official
Montreal Canadiens current GM, Marc Bergevin, was with the Blackhawks in 2010 as the team’s director of player personnel and said he was not aware of any such conduct by Aldrich.
2013 | Aldrich Sentenced to 9 Months In Jail
When Aldrich left the Hawks’ organization in 2010, he took a job on the coaching staff of a high school hockey team in Houghton, Michigan. Three years later, he pleaded guilty to charges of criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old teenager. He was sentenced to 9 months in jail. The Blackhawks were used as a reference by Aldrich, according to a lawsuit filed by his teenage victim. This conviction also landed him on Michigan’s sex offender registry.
We had no hint of inappropriateness [at his previous jobs]. Even if we did background checks, there was nothing from the Blackhawks that would have saved [the player].Houghton Source
Brad Aldrich also had a job with Ohio’s Miami University hockey team in 2012 but was only there for five months and his time there was being investigated.
What bothers me is they fired him, but they didn’t take it to the cops. They let him get a job with a U-18 team. They let him go work with minors. They let this happen.Unidentified player, Chicago Blackhawks (2010)
Sexual Allegations at Miami University
On June 9th, Miami University publicly confirmed there were two sexual assault claims involving Aldrich during his five-month stint after leaving Chicago. The Oxford, Ohio university acknowledged the existence of the second claim after WBEZ had reported that a former student came forward in 2018 alleging Aldrich had sexually assaulted him in 2012.
On November 27, 2012 – Brad Aldrich voluntarily resigned from his position with Miami University.
These latest claims now tie at least seven individuals with allegations involving Aldrich that are documented in court complaints and investigative police reports.
As of today, Susan Loggans, the lawyer for one of the unidentified Chicago Blackhawks players indicated the player will not cooperate with a team-financed investigation claiming the organization has known all along, denying in court documents that the alleged events even took place. “Why would we have any faith now in an investigation that has been paid for by the Blackhawks… Also, there is no assurance from anyone, not at the Blackhawks and not at the NHL, that the results of the team’s investigation will be made public. … Why would we bother to participate in an investigation that may ultimately be buried and hidden from public view?”
The unidentified player filed his lawsuit against Chicago back in May and former Blackhawks associate coach, John Torchetti recently confirmed that the organization discussed the events, however, never took the matter to the police. After Torchetti’s confirmation, the Chicago Blackhawks organization hired a former federal prosecutor to lead a team-financed, independent review of the allegations 11 years after the incident was said to have taken place.
NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, has made a statement indicating that the NHL has been in contact with the Chicago Blackhawks organization regarding the matter, and that an official investigation into the allegations against the team and Brad Aldrich has not been opened at this time.