Chicago Blackhawks president of hockey operations Stan Bowman has resigned after investigators released their findings on how the team handled sexual assault allegations toward former video coach Brad Aldrich during the 2010 Stanley Cup run.
Senior Director of Hockey Administration Al McIsaac is also out, meaning there are no Blackhawks executives involved with the 2010 team remaining with the organization.
According to a lawsuit filed in May 2021 by an unidentified former Blackhawks player, “John Doe,” Aldrich sexually assaulted him and another player during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff run.
In June, the Blackhawks commissioned an independent law firm, Jenner & Block to conduct a full investigation. That investigation was led by Reid Schar, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and the results were handed over to the Blackhawks organization on Monday.
The findings were released publicly on Tuesday. After a press conference, the team released a statement to fans.
“It is clear the organization and its executives at that time did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents,” it said, in part. “We deeply regret the harm caused to John Doe and the other individuals who were affected and the failure to promptly respond. As an organization, we extend our profound apologies to the individuals who suffered from these experiences. We must — and will — do better.”