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The NHL Is Committed To Inclusion, Safety And Respect For All

from TSN,

In the midst of two days of news that shook the hockey world, the National Hockey League sent a memo to its clubs on Wednesday, stating the league’s commitment to “inclusion, safety and respect for all.”

Titled “Fostering A Safe and Inclusive NHL Culture,” the three-page memo from commissioner Gary Bettman states the league’s commitment to having a culture that is “safe, inclusive and free from abuse, harassment and all forms of unethical behavior or misconduct…”

“…As stewards of the game, our ownership, executives, staff, Players, fans and broader industry ecosystem expect that we, as leaders, ensure environments that represent and reinforce our values and standards,” the memo reads. “Each day, all of us represent the NHL Shield. This is true regardless of whether your work function puts you in the locker room, on the ice, in an office or elsewhere.”

Addressed to all team governors, assistant governors, presidents, general managers and coaches, the memo was sent on the same day former Chicago Blackhawks first-round draft pick Kyle Beach identified himself in an interview with TSN as the player known as “John Doe” in a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for mishandling his sexual assault allegations against a former team video coach.


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Hippy Dave's avatar

“Don’t look at me!”

- Gary Bettman

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 10/28/21 at 11:55 AM ET


Hippy nailed it

Posted by pnwwing on 10/28/21 at 01:19 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

All well and good as written up by your team of high $$$ lawyers Mr commissioner.

Now, you just need to follow your own policy and ban Queennville & Chevldayoff from ever working from one of your leagues member clubs.

Talk is cheap Mr. Commissioner. We as NHL fans know this because, we’ve experienced it from league leadership since you’ve been in charge….. hmmm

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/28/21 at 01:40 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Torts nailed it.

“If this was your 20-year old kid, would your decision have been different?”

Tortorella also went on to say that it’s crazy that one man couldn’t stand up and say you know what, this is wrong.



Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 10/28/21 at 02:40 PM ET


Yep, everyone is sorry now because they got CAUGHT. Everyone that knew should lose their job. Absolutely no excuse for people to hide from what happened. You just have to follow the code, even though everyone knew it was wrong. They all helped destroy this young man’s life. PITIFUL!!

Posted by Stump23 on 10/28/21 at 03:47 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

They all helped destroy this young man’s life.

Not just his life, but the lives of all those that Aldrich molested after leaving the organization with a recommendation, including that of the young man up in Houghton.  His entire family has fallen apart simply because the Hawks front office chose to do nothing.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/28/21 at 05:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Don’t look at me!”

- Gary Bettman

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 10/28/21 at 12:55 PM ET


Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/28/21 at 06:35 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

This is no isolated incident by a long shot. It is a major problem when people in power do nothing to help those that are brave enough to say something.

Think of Theo Fleury, Sheldon Kennedy. They were victims of James Graham, and, many, many more. The monsters that abuse, and the monsters that let them walk have to pay for what they have done. Start right at the top of the NHL with Bettman. Hold these people accountable. Chicago isn’t the only place this is happening, and, they had big time help in the coverup.

Just think, how was Larry Nassar able to abuse at least 300 victims? Ohio State Dr. Richard Strauss, U of M Dr. Richard Anderson. Penn State Jerry Sandusky. A common denominator were the Coaches and people that run the Athletic Programs. They knew and did nothing because, money.  Decades of historical abuse.

  It is beyond belief.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/28/21 at 07:39 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/28/21 at 08:39 PM ET

Thank you Kate! You put this so well.

I don’t get and I hope i don’t ever. String them up by their testicles and then feed them to hunger pitballs. They have no place among us.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/28/21 at 07:57 PM ET

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