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More Answers Needed

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It’s not over yet. There are a lot of questions that need answers.

First because it’s the most time-sensitive: shouldn’t everyone involved get on a call and agree it’s a good idea to give Joel Quenneville the night off? The coach said this morning he will meet with commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday in the aftermath of the painful Chicago investigation released Tuesday.

The Boston Globe’s Matt Porter reported that Quenneville was asked if he stood by the statement he released in July — that he first learned of the Chicago allegations last summer? Quenneville answered yes, but wouldn’t comment further.

That is in direct disagreement with the investigation, which stated he was worried about it becoming a distraction prior to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and wrote a positive performance evaluation for Brad Aldrich after the victory.

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Trust Is Now An Issue For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

It will take years for the Chicago Blackhawks to remove the stench of the organization’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich.

After a bombshell report by investigators from Chicago law firm Jenner & Block revealed that former Hawks President John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and former coach Joel Quenneville were all part of a meeting discussing the allegations in May 2010 — yet did nothing about it until the Stanley Cup Final had concluded three weeks later — the only thing the Hawks owners can do is beg for everyone’s forgiveness and find a leader who can bring trust back to the organization.

Their first step Tuesday — after Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and his son, CEO Danny Wirtz, made sure to let everyone know they knew nothing of the allegations until the first lawsuit was filed this past May — was to get Bowman to hand in his resignation, replacing him on an interim basis with Kyle Davidson.

Bowman in turn released a statement in which he basically blamed McDonough for not handling the incident. Thus he leaves the Hawks in the same manner he operated as their GM, with a smirk and no real acceptance of responsibility for his actions.

For years Hawks fans wondered how the Wirtzes could continue to allow Bowman to run the franchise into the ground with so many poor free-agent signings and trades. Now we know. Their respect for Bowman is so deeply ingrained, they allowed him to resign instead of firing him, as any other corporation would do to an employee involved in a similar mishandling of an alleged sexual assault.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the fallout from the Blackhawks' investigation, including the timeline on Gary Bettman's planned meetings with Kevin Cheveldayoff and Joel Quenneville, how concerned the Jets are about the impending meeting involving their GM, what's next for USA Hockey with Stan Bowman stepping down as GM for the Olympic team, and more.

Watch at TSN

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Changes In The Chicago Blackhawks Organization

Stan Bowman, President, Hockey Operations & General Manager and Al MacIsaac, Sr. Vice President, Hockey Operations, have stepped-down from the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

added 2:45pm, Stan Bowman statement is below.

added 2:47pm, NHL Statement below, $2M fine for the Blackhawks too.

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Changes Coming In Chicago Due To Independent Investigation

Rick Westhead tweet,

The Chicago Blackhawks say they wi release the findings of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and a cover up in the organization at 1 pm local time today.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Yet To Win A Game This Season

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

The Chicago Blackhawks saw one hallowed streak come to a halt while laying claim to one of the worst streaks in NHL history.

The Hawks smashed the 2000-01 Washington Capitals’ record of 350 minutes, 25 seconds without holding a lead to start a season. After the Hawks’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night at the United Center, the new record stands at 360:57.

And counting.

It was the Hawks’ sixth straight loss to open the season as they tumbled to 0-5-1 for a league-worst .083 points percentage....

It’s hard to imagine a more nightmarish scenario for Hawks fans: the most goals allowed all season (six) to their most hated rival (the Red Wings) on their home ice, which saw its sellout streak end.

Meanwhile, the hot seat has become a scorcher for coach Jeremy Colliton, whose defense fell into shambles in front of goalie Marc-André Fleury, who has seen better days.

Asked if he believes the organization still has faith in him, Colliton said, “Of course.”

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An Early Season Slump For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The United Center crowd loved Patrick Kane’s belated 1,000-games-played pregame ceremony Thursday.

They didn’t love much else about the Blackhawks’ 4-1 loss to the Canucks, booing the team off the ice. One woman screamed for coach Jeremy Colliton’s firing. The Hawks dropped their fifth consecutive game to start the season.

“It’s obviously frustrating, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Kane said. “We’ve got to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole. . . . We’re pretty upbeat, as upbeat as you can be being 0-4-1. But you can’t really think about the record too much.”

The Hawks have not held a lead for a franchise-record 301 minutes to start the season and have trailed for 225 of those minutes. They’ve equaled their worst start, record-wise, since 1997 — a year buried deep within the franchise’s irrelevant era.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Feeling Comfortable In Chicago

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury received his new goalie mask Thursday. It has the Chicago Blackhawks logo, the four stars from the Flag of Chicago, black and white stripes, and a few feathers.

He put it on with his new pads and new Blackhawks uniform, and because the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour happened to be in Chicago, he did it at his new home practice rink: Fifth Third Arena.

"It's just different, right" Fleury said.

Or is it?

Fleury felt much like he did after he went from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Disappointed at first after the Golden Knights traded him to the Blackhawks on July 27, he's adjusting, making the best of it.

The Blackhawks can only hope things go as well in Chicago as they did in Vegas.

"I think every time …" Fleury said, his voice trailing off. "It was the same in Vegas when I went there. It's just weird, awkward, at first. But it's good. A new beginning, right? And it's such a nice uniform. A nice place to be too."

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A Think Tank Group Wants Stan Bowman Suspended From US Olympic Team

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

An American think tank that studies child sexual abuse and prevention is asking the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USPOC) to suspend Stan Bowman from his position as general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team while he faces allegations that he helped cover up the sexual abuse of two Chicago Blackhawks players.

In a Sept. 10 letter to USPOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland, Marci Hamilton, founder of the advocacy group Child USA, wrote that Bowman, who is also the current GM of the Blackhawks, should be suspended by USA Hockey.

“I write to you today to request the suspension of Stan Bowman from his position as general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team and that an independent investigation into Bowman’s behavior in his role as general manager of hockey operations of the Blackhawks NHL team be conducted,” Hamilton wrote.

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The Chicago Blackhawks May Have Gathered Biometric Data

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks are fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit by an Illinois man who claims the National Hockey League team inappropriately used facial recognition software to obtain and store his biometric data.

In an amended complaint filed March 20, 2020, in Cook County, Ill., court, James Allen said he attended a Blackhawks game at the United Center on Dec. 18, 2018.

While Allen’s claim was filed in 2020, details of his case and the Blackhawks’ defence had not been widely reported before now. The plaintiffs and Blackhawks have argued this year over discovery issues, according to court records.

The lawsuit alleges the Blackhawks “scanned Mr. Allen’s facial geometry from security camera footage and stored a facial geometry template for Mr. Allen. The defendant failed to inform Mr. Allen in writing that it was collecting his biometric identifiers or information, the purpose and length of term for such collection, and failed to obtain their written consent before defendant collected his facial geometry scan.”

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