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Sexual Assault Alleged Against A Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Trainer

Content Warning: The following article contains references to sexual assault.

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The alleged sexual assault of two former Chicago Blackhawks players was “an open secret” among staff both within and outside the team’s hockey department, a former team marketing official said in an interview with TSN.

The official said he was told by Blackhawks assistant trainer Jeff Thomas during the summer of 2010 that then-team video coach Brad Aldrich had allegedly sexually assaulted two players. The official asked for anonymity because he still works in the pro hockey industry and fears repercussions from the National Hockey League.

“Brad would routinely befriend young interns and invite them to his apartment in Chicago to watch March Madness basketball and other sports,” the marketing official said. “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.”

The allegations against the Blackhawks went public in May after a former player filed a lawsuit in Chicago against the franchise.


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TreKronor's avatar

This is sad to read.  The part of him going to Houghton and being welcomed is sickening in hindsight.

Then there’s this below.  Going to be interesting to see how this plays out, and if it turns into a Joe Paterno-type situation with Bowman.

The following day, Vincent says he was called into a meeting with team president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman, vice-president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac, and Gary. Vincent said that he asked the team to report the alleged abuse to Chicago police. That request was refused, Vincent said.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/23/21 at 05:07 PM ET


Hmm.  Between this and Bill Peters, wtf was/is going on in the Hawks org?  They couldnt even handle it discreetly in house.. just.. nothing?

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/23/21 at 06:29 PM ET

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