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Blackhawks GM resigns, team fined after sexual assault probe

In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager Stan Bowman speaks to the media during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago. Bowman resigned Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, following an investigation into allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010.

CHICAGO — An independent review has found that the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

Stan Bowman resigned as the Blackhawks’ general manager and president of hockey operations in the wake of the report by a law firm hired by the team.

The NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.”

The former Blackhawks video coach was alleged to have sexually assaulted two players, with the front office knowing and doing nothing.

Bowman also stepped down from his position as GM of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics.


Excerpts from Blackhawks sexual assault investigation report

The full, 107-page report from the independent investigation of the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault allegations from 2010 was made public.

It describes in great detail the encounters between video coach Brad Aldrich and a player who sued the team earlier this year alleging Aldrich sexually assaulted him.

The report also reveals how and when team officials learned of the situation and their inaction.

It concluded that the Blackhawks violated their own sexual harassment policy by not holding any investigation 11 years ago upon letting Aldrich choose to take part or resign.

Former federal prosecutor Reid Schar said 139 witnesses were interviewed for the report.

Click here to read a timeline of the case from WBEZ, the NPR member station in Chicago.

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