Fallout from the Chicago Blackhawks‘ sexual abuse scandal has only grown since the team’s 107-page investigation report released Tuesday, most recently with Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville resigning after a Thursday meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Quenneville — who coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships over 11 seasons — and five other Blackhawks senior staffers failed to take immediate action against a former video coach who sexually assaulted a player in 2010, according to the report. Former first-round pick Kyle Beach came forward as the victim on Wednesday.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and senior senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac stepped down two days before Quenneville, and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff — Chicago’s assistant general manager in 2010 — is expected to meet with Bettman on Monday. The NHL fined the Blackhawks $2 million for their mishandling of the allegations. Here’s a chronological look at the case and what to expect next.
May 8-9, 2010 — The assault on Beach
Former Blackhawks center Kyle Beach and video coach Brad Aldrich engaged in a sexual encounter during the team’s Western Conference finals series against the San Jose Sharks. Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual, but Beach said it was “entirely non-consensual.” According to the report, Aldrich told Beach he would never play in the NHL or walk again if he didn’t “act like he enjoyed the sexual encounter.” Aldrich then forced himself upon Beach.
May 12-19, 2010 — Beach confides in skill coach
Later in the Sharks series, Beach told Blackhawks skill coach Paul Vincent about the incident with Aldrich. Vincent — according to Beach, not the investigators — reported Beach’s claims to the Blackhawks’ front office, but Aldrich kept his job through the team’s Stanley Cup run. Beach described Vincent as an “amazing man” who “tried to do everything he could do back then.” The Blackhawks’ inaction after discovering the allegations, however, made Beach “feel like I didn’t exist.”
May 23, 2010 — Blackhawks’ senior staff meeting
MacIsaac learns of the alleged sexual encounter between Aldirch and Beach from an employee. After the Blackhawks’ series-clinching win over the Sharks, MacIsaac joined president John McDonough, Bowman, executive vice president Jay Blunk, assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, Quenneville and team counselor Jim Gary to discuss the incident. Bowman recalled McDonough and Quenneville brushing the issue aside, with the former hoping to avoid bad publicity during the team’s Stanley Cup run and the latter wanting to ensure his team had no distractions.
June 10, 2010 — Aldrich assaults Blackhawks intern
A day after the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win, Aldrich allegedly made sexual advances toward a 22-year-old team intern. Aldrich “physically grabbed” the intern during the encounter, according to the report.
June 14-16, 2010 — Human resources gets involved
McDonough told Blackhawks’ human resources about the allegations against Aldrich and the senior managers’ May 23 meeting on June 14. Two days later, Aldrich met with the director of human resources. Aldrich neither confirmed nor denied his role in the incident with Beach, forcing the director to give him an ultimatum: an investigation or resignation. After choosing to resign, the Blackhawks gave Aldrich a severance, playoff bonus and championship ring. Aldrich also had his name engraved on the cup, spent a day with the Stanley Cup and attended the team’s banner-raising ceremony the following season.
Fall 2012 — Aldrich assaults two at Miami (Ohio)
Aldrich sexually assaulted two men while serving as Miami (Ohio) University’s director of hockey operations. Miami found Aldrich assaulted a Miami student who worked at the rink and a summer hockey camp intern, both after inviting them to sleep on his couch. Aldrich resigned from Miami later that year.
March 2013 — Aldrich assaults high schooler
While serving as a volunteer hockey coach for a high school team in Houghton, Michigan, Aldrich allegedly sexually assaulted one of his teenage players after a post-game party. Aldrich admitted his sexual advances toward the teen to police shortly after.
September 2013 — Blackhawks HR stonewalls Houghton Police
Houghton police contacts the Blackhawks’ director of human resources for information on Aldrich. The director refused to offer any information on Alrdrich — other than his resignation — without a subpoena. Aldrich was eventually convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student.
Feb. 13, 2014 — Aldrich sentenced to jail
Aldrich was sentenced to nine months in Houghton County Jail for his sexual assault on the high school player. Upon his release, Aldrich was required to register as a sex offender, serve five years of probation and pay restitution.
May 7, 2021 — Beach files lawsuit against Blackhawks
Beach, who was then unnamed and referred to as “John Doe 1,” filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for their failure to punish Aldrich after his alleged assault in 2010.
June 2021 — Blackhawks begin independent investigation
Chicago hired former federal prosecutor Redi Schar to conduct an “independent investigation” into Beach’s allegations. The investigation released Tuesday and found the Blackhawks violated their own sexual harassment policy by waiting three weeks before taking action (Aldrich’s forced resignation), a sharp turn from the team’s commitment to investigating such issues “promptly and thoroughly.”
“The failure to promptly and thoroughly investigate the matter and the decision to take no action from May 23 to June 14 had consequences,” the report read. “During that period, Aldrich continued to work with and travel with the team. Aldrich engaged in an unwanted sexual advance on a Blackhawks intern—physically grabbing the intern in a sexual manner. And Aldrich continued to participate in team activities and celebrations, in the presence of John Doe. Even after the allegations were finally reported to the Director of Human Resources, still no investigation occurred, and Aldrich was permitted to resign his position and to continue participating in Stanley Cup victory events.”
Oct. 26, 2021 — Bowman and MacIsaac step down
The Blackhawks announced Bowman and MacIsaac, the lone members of the May 2010 senior meeting that remain with the team, stepped down from their respective roles. Vice president of hockey strategy and analytics Kyle Davidson took over as Chicago’s interim general manager.
“The report is both disturbing and difficult to read,” said Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz, who added the team’s senior executives didn’t take adequate action in 2010. “It speaks for itself. (Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz) and our leadership team reviewed the report and we have had important and difficult conversations about how our organization will move forward.”
Later that day, the NHL announced it was fining the Blackhawks $2 million for their “inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response in the handling of matters related to former video coach Brad Aldrich’s employment with the Club and ultimate departure in 2010.” The NHL and Blackhawks agreed to send $1 million of the fine money to Chicago organizations dedicated to supporting or assisting survivors of sexual and other forms of abuse.
USA Hockey also announced Bowman stepped down as the team’s general manager for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Oct. 27, 2021
Beach comes forward as the “John Doe” in the Blackhawks’ sexual assault case. The 31-year-old who is currently playing in Germany told TSN “it was a day of many emotions. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I cried some more. My girlfriend and I, we didn’t really know how to feel, we didn’t really know how to think.”
Oct. 28, 2021 — Quenneville resigns
Quenneville resigned after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York to discuss his involvement in the Blackhawks’ sexual assault case. Andrew Brunette will serve as the team’s interim head coach. Bettman said in a statement after Quenneville’s resignation that the coach wouldn’t receive any further punishment from the league — unless he tries to re-enter it.
“Should he wish to re-enter the league in some capacity in the future, I will require a meeting with him in advance in order to determine the appropriate conditions under which such new employment might take place.”
Beach also took to social media to thank fans for their “endless love and support” but admitted “my battle is really just beginning as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court.” He hopes to “promote safety, as well as the health and well being of society as a whole” through his lawsuit.
Nov. 1, 2021 — Cheveldayoff meets with Bettman
Cheveldayoff, the Winnipeg Jets‘ general manager, is slated to meet Bettman on Monday. The NHL has yet to announce any punishment for Cheveldayoff.
Fantasy: Start, Sit, Stash, Quit – Week 12 – thescore.com
SSSQ is a weekly look at under-the-radar fantasy players to consider starting and potential busts you should leave on your bench. We also identify breakout candidates to stash on your roster and players you can safely cut.
Cam Newton, Panthers
In his first start since returning to the Panthers, Newton made his presence felt by throwing for 189 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 46 yards and a score on the ground.
It made Newton the QB4 overall on the week and gave fantasy managers hope that he can be a potential starting option the rest of the season.
Next up is a Dolphins defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Boone’s projection: 228 passing yards, passing TD, 37 rushing yards, rushing TD
Other QBs to start
- Russell Wilson at Washington
- Carson Wentz vs. Buccaneers
- Taylor Heinicke vs. Seahawks
Miles Sanders, Eagles
Sanders quietly tallied 94 rushing yards on 16 carries last week in his first game back off injured reserve. The reason his fantasy stat line didn’t jump off the page was because he failed to reach the end zone and fumbled once.
However, with teammate Jordan Howard dealing with a knee injury that will sideline him for Week 12 and perhaps longer, Sanders is in a position to see plenty of volume in the Eagles’ revived rushing attack.
Philadelphia’s schedule is excellent the rest of the way, starting with a matchup against the Giants who are the seventh-easiest opponent for fantasy running backs.
Boone’s projection: 77 rushing yards, TD, 16 receiving yards
Other RBs to start
- James Robinson vs. Falcons
- Antonio Gibson vs. Seahawks
- Javonte Williams/Melvin Gordon vs. Chargers
Elijah Moore, Jets
Rookies often get off to a slow start in their debut campaign before taking on a larger role in the second half of the season.
Moore has been on that track, and the days of him being underutilized appear to be over.
Over the last few weeks, he’s emerged as a dangerous weapon in the Jets’ offense, with stat lines of 6-67-0, 7-84-2, 3-44-1, and most recently 8-141-1. He’s also done it with a revolving door at quarterback.
Zach Wilson is slated to return under center this week and there’s nothing to fear about the Texans’ pass defense. With teammate Corey Davis nursing a groin injury, this should be another chance for Moore to showcase his skills.
Boone’s projection: 89 receiving yards, TD
Other WRs to start
- Brandin Cooks vs. Jets
- Brandon Aiyuk vs. Vikings
- Marvin Jones vs. Falcons
Pat Freiermuth, Steelers
Freiermuth has averaged the fifth-most fantasy points among tight ends since Week 6.
His breakout coincided with Eric Ebron missing time a few weeks back. In the two games Ebron was sidelined, Freiermuth finished as the TE3 overall (Week 8) and TE1 overall (Week 9).
When the veteran returned to the lineup, Freiermuth’s playing time and production took a hit.
Now, with Ebron expected to miss time with a knee injury, the rookie will be unleashed as a true top-10 fantasy option.
Boone’s projection: 63 receiving yards, TD
Other TEs to start
- Rob Gronkowski at Colts
- Dallas Goedert at Giants
- Dan Arnold vs. Falcons
Ryan Tannehill, Titans
Don’t start fantasy quarterbacks against the Patriots. Just don’t do it.
Here’s a list of recent QBs and where they’ve finished after taking on Bill Belichick’s defense.
To make matters worse, A.J. Brown‘s status is in doubt after he left last week’s game with a chest injury and didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday.
You should be avoiding Tannehill at all costs this week.
Boone’s projection: 194 passing yards, TD, INT, 21 rushing yards
Other QBs to sit
- Tua Tagovailoa vs. Panthers
- Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals
- Baker Mayfield at Ravens
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
Gaskin has been an extremely boom or bust fantasy back with most of the booms coming against easier opponents and most of the busts happening versus tough run defenses.
Some recent bust examples include the Ravens in Week 10 (RB42) and Bills in Week 8 (RB34).
The Panthers are permitting the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs, which should make you question using Gaskin this week.
There’s also the addition of Phillip Lindsay to consider, though that’s more of an issue for Gaskin’s value the rest of the season.
Boone’s projection: 37 rushing yards, 14 receiving yards
Other RBs to sit
- Devonta Freeman/Latavius Murray vs. Browns
- Alex Collins at Washington
- D’Onta Foreman at Patriots
Courtland Sutton, Broncos
A player of his caliber is destined to bounce back eventually, but this isn’t the game to bet on Sutton escaping his slump.
The Chargers rank ninth in Football Outsiders‘ pass defense DVOA and are giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to receivers.
Boone’s projection: 48 receiving yards
Other WRs to sit
- Kenny Golladay vs. Eagles
- Jarvis Landry at Ravens
- Tyler Boyd vs. Steelers
Hunter Henry, Patriots
Henry has only topped 42 yards once this season, but his touchdown scoring has kept him fantasy relevant.
With seven trips to the end zone over the last eight games, Henry is the definition of a touchdown-dependent play.
Unfortunately for him, the Titans – who are a bottom-five matchup for fantasy tight ends – have only allowed three touchdowns to the position this season.
Boone’s projection: 37 receiving yards
Other TEs to sit
- Tyler Higbee at Packers
- Tyler Conklin at 49ers
- Jared Cook at Broncos
DeeJay Dallas, Seahawks
Alex Collins has taken the lead in Seattle’s backfield, but the coaching staff seems reluctant to use him as a pass-catcher – capping his upside.
Meanwhile, Dallas (3% rostered) saw his largest snap share of the season in Week 11 and began to carve out a role. He even scored a rushing touchdown in the game.
Though waiver wires tend to be picked apart at this point in the season, Dallas has a shot to earn significant touches on a depth chart desperate for someone to create a spark.
Curtis Samuel, Washington
It’s been a long and disappointing season for Samuel (12% rostered) in Washington. Injuries have kept the versatile receiver out of all but two contests, and he was limited to just 30 combined snaps in those appearances.
However, Samuel is finally back at practice and may actually suit up for a Monday night matchup with the Seahawks.
While there’s still a long way to go before we can trust him in our fantasy lineups, now is the time to scoop Samuel up and get him on your bench.
Mike Davis, Falcons
Davis was outplayed by Cordarrelle Patterson early in the season, but at least he was getting volume over the first five weeks.
Since the Falcons’ Week 6 bye, the 28-year-old has fallen off the fantasy map. Davis has just one game with more than 21 yards from scrimmage in the past five outings and hasn’t found the end zone during that span.
With Patterson sidelined in Week 11, Davis managed just three carries for one yard while gaining 20 yards on three receptions.
Unlike other backup runners around the league, Davis doesn’t come with upside … regardless of how many injuries strike Atlanta’s running back room.
The roster spot he’s occupying is being wasted. Drop him and find someone who at least has a path to more production.
Connor McDavid's Edmonton mansion gets misconduct for lack of colour – Toronto Sun
McDavid and Lauren Kyle opened the doors of their uber-modern mansion to Architectural Digest
Oilers superstar Connor McDavid and his gal pal’s design choices for their Edmonton mansion have been slammed into the boards.
McDavid and Lauren Kyle opened the doors of their uber-modern mansion to design bible Architectural Digest.
But the star was hit with a two-minute minor for bad taste — and lack of colour.
One wag tweeted: “After seeing Connor McDavid’s house I no longer wish to be rich. If it means living in a monochromatic home with no personality, how the hell am I supposed to eat pizza rolls in that house?”
Another added: “Fantastic, it’s McDavid House Tour time again, when we continue to ask the question: what did colours do to offend these two?”
But the Edmonton sniper seems proud of his posh abode that features a basketball court and a snazzy wine cellar. However, he spends a lot of his spare time rollerblading.
“We live in Edmonton, Alberta, which for people (who) don’t know, that is a very cold place,” the 24-year-old told the magazine.
Kyle added: “Connor being the captain, we knew we were going to have to host a lot. This house feels like it’s definitely an entertainer’s home.”
Richmond Hill native McDavid agreed: “I think our house has kind of become the designated team party house.”
The couple had boffo bucks when they began their home search after he signed a monstrous, eight-year contract with the Oilers in 2017.
And the pair seem at home in the minimalist manse — haters aside.
“I like that everything’s hidden,” Kyle says. “Even our bar, we have this brass door that slides over (it). We really wanted everything to stay clean, but then have a little bit of intrigue. Like, What’s behind?”
Still, that didn’t stop catcalls from the cheap seats, with at least one wag likening it to a serial killer’s abode.
“McDavid’s house is cool in like a hedge-fund billionaire who is secretly a serial killer kind of way,” one Twitter user commented.
Raptors' Birch out Friday vs. Pacers, Anunoby questionable – Sportsnet.ca
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Anunoby, 24, hasn’t played since Nov. 15 because of an injured left hip pointer. He’s averaging a career-high 20.1 points through 15 games so far this season.
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