Blackhawks ask Hall of Fame to cover assistant’s name on Cup – KIRO 7 news Seattle
CHICAGO – (AP) – Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz wants the Hockey Hall of Fame to cover an assistant coach’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup after the assistant was accused of assaulting sexually a player during the team’s race to the 2010 championship.
In a letter to Hall of Fame President Lanny McDonald dated Thursday, Wirtz wrote that Brad Aldrich’s conduct disqualifies him from being included in the Cup, and the team made a mistake in submitting his name.
“I humbly request that the Hockey Hall of Fame consider ‘x-ing’ their name on the Stanley Cup,” Wirtz wrote. “While nothing can undo what he has done, leaving his name on the sport’s most prestigious trophy seems deeply wrong.”
The Hall of Fame cannot remove a name from the Stanley Cup, but it may choose to engrave an X series to cover it up. In his letter, Wirtz brought up the case of Basil Pocklington, the father of the former Edmonton owner who had his name engraved on the trophy after the Oilers won the 1984 title, but was later covered on demand. in the NHL because Basil Pocklington had nothing to do with the team.
“This decision, among others, reflects the Cup’s legendary history of engraving, spelling and error errors that ended up being etched in the money or corrected after the fact,” writes Wirtz.
ESPN first reported on the letter. A message was left on Friday by the AP asking for comments from the Hall of Fame.
Wirtz and the Blackhawks are picking up the pieces of the franchise’s shattered reputation after releasing a report on Tuesday detailing how senior team executives mishandled allegations against Aldrich over a decade ago.
The independent review by a law firm was commissioned by the team in response to two lawsuits filed against the franchise: one by former first-round pick Kyle Beach alleging sexual assault by Aldrich in 2010, and another filed by a former high school student that Aldrich was convicted of assault in Michigan.
Rocky Wirtz said on Tuesday that he and Danny Wirtz, his son and team CEO, were first made aware of the charges before Beach’s lawsuit was filed in May, a claim by the owner that was also supported by the Jenner & Block report.
The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly. Beach spoke to TSN on Wednesday and issued a statement on Twitter Thursday expressing his gratitude for the support he had received over the past two days.
Stan Bowman, Chicago general manager and president of hockey operations, resigned over the report, and the Blackhawks announced that Al MacIsaac, another of the hockey team’s top executives, was no longer with the team. organization.
The NHL fined the team $ 2 million for “inadequate internal organizational procedures and insufficient and late response.”
The aftermath of what the Blackhawks did in 2010 – particularly a three-week period during the playoffs when they failed to act on Beach’s allegations, allowing Aldrich to stay with the team while she was celebrating the championship – reverberated throughout the NHL this week.
Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday and then resigned. Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke to Bettman on Friday and the league said Cheveldayoff would not be penalized.
Quenneville and Cheveldayoff were with the Blackhawks when Beach’s accusations were first reported to team management. Aldrich told investigators the meeting was consensual.
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