Former head coach Joel Quenneville addresses his part in the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal

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Joel Quenneville will always have a legendary coaching career that will be tainted by the role he played in the cover-up of the sexual assault accusations made by a former Chicago Blackhawks' first-round pick regarding the video coach 14 years ago.

Quenneville denied once Kyle Beach's accusations came to light in 2021 that he had any knowledge of being told about the incident in 2010. The team's internal investigation done by the Jenner & Block law firm revealed that Quenneville was not only told about the incident by general manager Stan Bowman, but he “shook his head and said that it was hard for the team to get where they are and they could not deal with (the allegations) now.”

Beach settled a lawsuit with the Chicago Blackhawks regarding his allegations that he was sexually assaulted by the team's video coordinator, Brad Aldrich, during the Hawks Stanley Cup in 2010.

The team allowed Aldrich to quietly resign after the 2010 season and a few years later, he was charged with sexual assault of a player on a youth hockey team that had him as a volunteer coach. He pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree criminal sexual assault and received a nine-month jail sentence.

This became a major scandal when the Hawks leadership at the time tried to cover up what Aldrich allegedly did to Beach in the pursuit of trying to snap the team's 49-year Stanley Cup drought. The team discarded Beach's concerns because as Quenneville allegedly admitted, the franchise felt it could not focus on winning the whole thing with a dark cloud hanging over it.

The fallout of the Jenner report forced Bowman to resign as Hawks general manager. Quenneville had been dismissed as the Hawks' head coach early in the 2018-2019 season. He was coaching the Florida Panthers once the report was published and he resigned as a result.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also placed an indefinite suspension on Quenneville, and he has been out of the game ever since. It has forever tainted the 2010 Stanley Cup championship team and Quenneville's legacy.

Quenneville never really addressed his role in the cover-up until now...