Kyle Beach performed Wednesday during an interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead to reveal that he is the “John Doe” who filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks in May 2021. The filing alleges that the Blackhawks ignored and covered up their disclosure of then-video coach Brad Aldrich’s sexual assault against him in 2010.
The Blackhawks released a detailed 107-page document Tuesday following a four-month independent investigation that outlined the incidents that occurred in 2010 and the lack of an investigation by the Blackhawks organization at the time. He also announced that anyone directly involved was no longer with the team. Only general manager Stan Bowman, who “stepped aside” Tuesday, and senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac were still at the club.
They were among seven men who were part of a May 23, 2010 meeting that discussed the allegations. The allegations were not reported to human resources until June 14, 2010, just days after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Aldrich was allowed to resign.
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“Yesterday was a very emotional day. I cried, smiled, laughed, cried a little … I don’t think I or we could have imagined what would have come out of yesterday’s press conference,” he said. at the beginning of the emotional 27-minute interview. “After that, just a great feeling of relief and vindication, and it was no longer my word against that of others … It was very special and important to me that that truth came to light yesterday.”
He later said, “I am so relieved with the news that came out yesterday that I have been vindicated and can really begin the healing process.”
The unwritten report provided identifiable information on “John Doe,” including his age and status as Black Ace. He also cited an interview with John McDonough (who was then the team president) and noted the stature of “John Doe.”
“For me, I wanted to introduce myself and put my name on this,” Beach told Westhead. “To be honest, it is already available. The details were quite accurate in the report, and it has been resolved. More than that, I have been a survivor, I am a survivor. And I know I am not alone.”
Beach, a 20-year-old prospect in 2010, was selected 11th overall by the Blackhawks in 2008. He joined Rockford (American Hockey League) late in the 2009-10 season after playing juniors for Spokane (American Hockey League). of Western Hockey). He played four regular season games before scoring three goals in four postseason games with Rockford. On April 28, 2010, the Blackhawks named him “Black Ace,” a player raised during the postseason to practice with the team and be ready to play in the event of injury, suspension, or any other reason the player cannot play.
“It was an extremely special time for me and my family, and, you know, like the next step in pursuing my NHL dream that I dreamed of and worked with for my entire life,” he said regarding the call-up. . “So unfortunately a couple of weeks after those memories were tainted and my life changed forever.”
Blackhawks chronology of ‘John Doe’ sexual assault scandal
Content Warning: This story contains details about an alleged sexual assault.
According to the report, video coach Brad Aldrich on May 8 or 9 invited Beach during the Blackhawks’ second round of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, telling him that he “had the power to include John Doe on the roster. of the Blackhawks “before turning to pornography. . Beach said during her interview for the report that “Aldrich threatened John Doe by telling him that he had to act like he enjoyed the sexual encounter or John Doe would never play in the NHL ‘or walk’ again.” She then performed forcibly sex acts before threatening him again.
Aldrich described the meeting as consensual.
“I was scared about everything. I was scared. I had my career threatened. I felt lonely and dark,” Beach said. “I felt like I was alone and there was nothing I could do and no one I could turn to for help. And I didn’t know what to do when I was 20.”
During the interview on TSN, Beach confirmed that he told skills coach Paul Vincent in San Jose (the Blackhawks played the Sharks in the Western Conference finals). He told his family that summer and they didn’t discuss it again until very recently.
“I did what I thought I had to do to survive, to keep chasing my dream and it was not thinking about it, not talking about it, ignoring it and that’s all I could do,” he said. “They threatened me and my career was on the line. And if I had that in my head, there was no way I could perform to the best of my abilities.”
Beach spent parts of four more seasons with Rockford before several seasons in Europe, 39 games with Rangers affiliate AHL in 2013-14 and seven ECHL games with the Missouri Mavericks. He never played for the Blackhawks and today he plays professional hockey in Germany.
“Whether it’s hockey, soccer, any sport, any business, any company, there needs to be a system in which it is concerned,” he said. “And that is someone who makes the decision to deal with it, who has no skin in the game. Because if this had been reported to someone other than John McDonough, or Joel Quenneville or Stan Bowman who had no skin in the game of win a Stanley Cup, it would have been resolved and it would have protected all the survivors who came after me. “
Joel Quenneville’s role in the Blackhawks scandal
Beach told TSN there was no way that former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who coached the 2008-19 team and denied knowledge over the summer, could not have known about the allegations against Aldrich.
“Stan Bowman has quoted Joel Quenneville as saying, and this is not a quote, these are my words, saying that the playoffs, the Stanley Cup playoffs and trying to win a Stanley Cup was more important than the sexual assault. And no I can believe That. As a human being, I can’t believe that, and I can’t accept it.
“I have witnessed meetings, just after I reported it to (former team mental skills coach) James Gary, that took place in Joel Quenneville’s office. There is absolutely no way he can deny that he knows and there’s absolutely no way that Stan Bowman would make up a quote like that, for someone who served his organization and his team so well. “
According to the report, during a May 23, 2010 meeting prior to the Stanley Cup final, Quenneville “looked angry and was concerned about upsetting the team’s chemistry.”
Quenneville is currently the Panthers coach and will meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Thursday. He coached the Panthers Wednesday night against the Bruins.
Beach also said that players knew:
“Word got out pretty quickly. I think everyone in that locker room knew it because the comments were made in the locker room, they were made on the ice, they were made in the arena with different people from different backgrounds – players, staff, media. in presence “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.