Chicago Blackhawks president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman addressed the media Thursday for the first time since sexual assault allegations surfaced against former video coach Brad Aldrich.
In June, the Blackhawks hired an outside firm — Jenner & Block LLP — to conduct an independent review of allegations that an unidentified player from their 2010 team was sexually assaulted by Aldrich.
When asked about the investigation, Bowman said he will participate in it but declined to comment on if findings will be made public.
“The review itself is something that I do plan to participate in and give it my full cooperation,” Bowman said. “As far as where [the investigation results] go, that’s not something I can comment on. But I do know we have some experts that we brought in. From my understanding these are well respected people in the legal community. I intend to fully cooperate with them.”
Details of Lawsuits
In a lawsuit filed in May, the former player stated Aldrich assaulted him and another unidentified player. The player also said the team did nothing after he informed a Blackhawks employee.
TSN reported in June that two Blackhawks players told then-skills coach Paul Vincent in May 2010 of Aldrich’s behavior. Vincent then asked mental skills coach James Gary to follow up with both players and team management. In a meeting with executives, including Bowman and current senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac, Gary asked them to report allegations to police, but the request was denied.
After leaving the Blackhawks in 2010, Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a hockey player at Houghton High School. He’s now a registered sex offender in Michigan. The student filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks on May 26, claiming the team offered positive references for Aldrich and didn’t take action to report past allegations.