CHICAGO — Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville has supplied to take part within the Chicago Blackhawks‘ overview of allegations by a former participant who says he was sexually assaulted by a then-assistant coach in 2010.
Quenneville, 62, coached Chicago to 3 Stanley Cup titles over 10-plus seasons earlier than he was fired by the staff in November 2018. He was employed by Florida in April 2019.
A former federal prosecutor has been employed by the Blackhawks to conduct what the staff says is an impartial investigative overview of the allegations in a pair of lawsuits filed in opposition to the franchise. In an inner memo despatched on June 28, CEO Danny Wirtz stated Reid Schar and Jenner & Block LLP “have been directed to comply with the details wherever they lead.”
The primary go well with alleges sexual assault by former assistant coach Bradley Aldrich in the course of the staff’s run to the 2010 Stanley Cup title, and the second was filed by a former scholar whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan.
Making his first public feedback because the fits had been filed, Quenneville referred to as the allegations “clearly severe.”
“I first realized of those allegations by means of the media earlier this summer season,” Quenneville stated Tuesday in a press release offered by the Panthers. “I’ve contacted the Blackhawks group to allow them to know I’ll assist and take part within the impartial overview. Out of respect for all these concerned, I will not remark additional whereas this matter is earlier than the courts.”
A message was left Tuesday looking for remark from the Blackhawks. In his June 28 memo, Wirtz stated the staff would chorus from additional remark till the impartial overview and authorized proceedings had concluded.
In his lawsuit, filed on Might 7 in Prepare dinner County Circuit Courtroom, the previous participant says Aldrich assaulted him, and that the staff did nothing after he knowledgeable an worker. The go well with additionally alleges Aldrich assaulted one other unidentified Blackhawks participant. The previous participant who sued and is looking for greater than $150,000 in damages is referred within the doc as “John Doe.”
The eight-page lawsuit says Aldrich, then a video coach for the Blackhawks, “turned on porn and commenced to masturbate in entrance of” the participant with out his consent. It says Aldrich additionally threatened to “bodily, financially and emotionally” damage the participant if he “didn’t have interaction in sexual exercise” with him.
Paul Vincent, then a expertise coach with the staff, stated he was informed by two gamers in Might 2010 of inappropriate conduct by Aldrich. Vincent stated he requested psychological expertise coach James Gary to comply with up with the gamers and administration.
Vincent was referred to as into a gathering with then-team President John McDonough, normal supervisor Stan Bowman, hockey government Al MacIsaac and Gary the subsequent day. He stated he requested the staff to report the allegations to Chicago police, and the request was denied.
Vincent made his remarks in an interview with TSN, and he informed The Related Press in an e mail that he stands by all the pieces he stated. He stated Monday in one other e mail to the AP that he had not been contacted by Jenner & Block.
An lawyer for Aldrich informed Chicago public radio station WBEZ that his shopper denies the allegations within the lawsuit. In a Might assertion to the radio station, the Blackhawks stated the allegations directed on the staff had been groundless.
After leaving the Blackhawks, Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth-degree prison sexual conduct involving a highschool scholar and is now on that state’s registry of intercourse offenders.
The previous scholar whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting filed a separate lawsuit in opposition to the Blackhawks on Might 26, saying the staff offered optimistic references to future employers of Aldrich regardless of allegations from at the very least one participant and took no motion to report the matter.
That go well with says the coed was a hockey participant at Houghton Excessive College close to Hancock in 2013 when Aldrich sexually assaulted him at an end-of-season gathering.
Houghton police information say an investigator reached out to the Blackhawks about Aldrich, however human assets government Marie Sutera would verify solely that he was as soon as an worker. She requested a search warrant or subpoena for any additional data relating to Aldrich.