The Chicago Blackhawks may be in some serious trouble here with a cascade of voices speaking out over the weekend as more and more begins to leak out about the alleged sexual misconduct of former video coach Brad Aldrich.
A former Chicago Blackhawks player, who remains unnamed at this time, has filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for what he alleges was a mishandling of accusations that were levied against Aldrich at the time. The player accuses the Blackhawks of ignoring the sexual assault of not only the unnamed player, but of another Blackhawks' teammate as well. These are of course tremendously serious allegations but perhaps the most disturbing part of this story is the fact that Aldrich went on to offend after being terminated by the Blackhawks when he took over as a staff member with an U-18 hockey team in Michigan.
Aldrich, who is now a registered sex offender in Michigan, was never charged following any of the incidents alleged in Chicago in spite of the fact that there are now many claims suggesting that Blackhawks management was urged to go to the police. The latest on this front comes courtesy of TSN's Rick Westhead who had former Blackhawks coach John Torchetti go on the record and corroborate a key part of what we've been told so far.
Torchetti confirmed that he had spoken with skills coach Paul Vincent about the fact that players had gone to Vincent about the accusations, adding that he also spoke to Vincent following his conversation with the Blackhawks brass. According to Torchetti, he was told by Vincent that the team had opted not to go to the police with these accusations in spite of the fact that some had recommended they do so.
"I remember after the meeting, Paul told me all the brass were in there and that they had said no to going to the police," admitted Torchetti as per TSN.
The Blackhawks are also facing a lawsuit from the former high school hockey player whom Aldrich went on to assault, citing the fact that the Blackhawks had failed to properly warn the school of the dangers of Aldrich. Instead that lawsuit argues that the Blackhawks kept him on staff despite the accusations and gave him a positive job reference.