Former Spokane Chiefs Standout Kyle Beach admits he is “John Doe” in the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks trial
From personnel and wire reports
Former Spokane Chiefs standout Kyle Beach admitted Wednesday that he was the player implicated in the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal.
Beach, a former first-round draft pick who scored 52 goals for the Chiefs in 2009-10, said in a television interview on Canada’s The Sports Network that he was in a lawsuit filed in May against the Blackhawks for abuse of his sexual allegations Assaults 11 years ago.
The results of an investigation by the Chicago law firm Jenner & Block, released on Tuesday, revealed that the allegations, which Beach ended up on the 23rd finale.
Stan Bowman, President of Hockey Operations for the Blackhawks, resigned Tuesday. Senior Director of Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac was also fired and the team was fined $ 2 million by the NHL.
Beach told TSN that, based on what others said, he believed that then coach Joel Quenneville thought “trying to win a Stanley Cup is more important than sexual assault”.
Quenneville, who now trains the Florida Panthers, is due to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Thursday about Quenneville’s role in the events. Beach said meetings regarding the sexual assault had taken place in Quenneville’s office.
The 31-year-old Beach, who never appeared in an NHL game but still plays professionally in Germany, said he felt “relief and justification” from the publication of the investigation.
“It was no longer my word against everyone else,” Beach told TSN. “And it was very special and important for me that this truth should come to light.”
Beach was one of several minor leaguers called up to the Blackhawks during their 2010 playoff run to be used as extras for training.
During this time, Beach claimed that Aldrich threatened him with a baseball bat as a souvenir before violently sexual acts on him.
Although the Blackhawks were made aware of the allegations, the Blackhawks allowed Aldrich to continue his role on the team through the playoffs and even got a day with the Stanley Cup.
“It was like his life was the same as the day before. The same thing every day, ”said Beach. “And when they won to see him go by lifting the trophy, at the parade, at the team photos, at the celebrations, I felt like nothing.”
Beach told TSN that the reason he finally got in touch was part of the healing process. He said he used alcohol and drugs to help him cope.
“I buried this for 10, 11 years and it destroyed me from the inside,” said Beach. “I want everyone in the sports world and in the world to know that you are not alone. That you have to report if these things happen to you. “