Lawsuit Accuses Ex-Blackhawks Coach of Sexual Assault, Claims Team Neglected Response

by Andrew Wright
Blackhawks sexual assault lawsuit

An ex-member of the Chicago Blackhawks has brought forth accusations in a legal claim, stating that he was sexually assaulted by the then-video coach during the team’s quest for the Stanley Cup in the 2009-10 season. The accuser alleges that the Blackhawks organization did not sufficiently address his report, favoring their championship aspirations over his wellbeing.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, the legal action was initiated on behalf of the anonymous plaintiff, referred to as “John Doe,” in the Cook County Circuit Court by the law firm Romanucci & Blandin last Thursday. Attempts to contact the law firm’s representative by The Big Big News were unsuccessful.

The Tribune’s coverage included that the complainant belonged to the “Black Aces,” a group of minor-league players who were on hand to supplement the NHL team’s lineup during the postseason in case of injuries.

This lawsuit comes in the wake of a previous case involving Kyle Beach, another “Black Aces” member. Beach agreed to a settlement with the Blackhawks in December 2021, subsequent to his allegations of sexual assault by the same former video coach, Brad Aldrich.

The recent lawsuit echoes the earlier claims against Aldrich, condemning the Blackhawks for their alleged gross negligence and apathy regarding the protection of their employees, including the plaintiff, “John Doe.”

Responding to the Tribune, the Blackhawks refrained from commenting on the lawsuit’s details but affirmed their commitment to addressing workplace misconduct allegations. The team highlighted the independent review conducted two years ago into the incidents of 2010 and emphasized organizational changes made since then. These changes include a revamp of leadership, advancements in compliance and human resources, a comprehensive mental health support program, and improved reporting and training processes for employees.

Attorney Antonio Romanucci, in his discussion with the Tribune, emphasized the lawsuit’s aim to hold the Blackhawks accountable and to serve as a warning to other teams against prioritizing success over the safety and mental well-being of players.

The recent lawsuit contends that Aldrich lured “Black Aces” players to his residence under the pretense of hockey strategy discussions, only to attempt engaging them in viewing pornographic content. It alleges that Aldrich offered sexual acts to “John Doe” and physically accosted him through his clothing. Furthermore, it claims Aldrich leveraged intimidation to prevent the reporting of his alleged misconduct.

In a separate incident, Aldrich faced legal repercussions when, in December 2013, he entered a guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor hockey player. While a more severe felony charge was dismissed, Aldrich was sentenced to jail time, from which he was released in 2014.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Blackhawks sexual assault lawsuit

What are the new allegations against the former Blackhawks video coach?

The new allegations, as stated in a lawsuit, accuse the former video coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Brad Aldrich, of sexually assaulting a former player during the 2009-10 season. The player, referred to as “John Doe,” claims Aldrich invited him and others to his home under false pretenses and then attempted to engage in sexual acts with them.

Has the Chicago Blackhawks organization responded to the lawsuit?

Yes, the Blackhawks organization has issued a statement. While they did not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, they emphasized their commitment to addressing allegations of workplace misconduct seriously. They noted the independent investigation they initiated two years ago and mentioned the implementation of new policies and leadership changes aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of players and employees.

What does the lawsuit seek to achieve with the Chicago Blackhawks and other teams?

The lawsuit seeks to hold the Chicago Blackhawks accountable for promised changes in their handling of sexual abuse prevention. Attorney Antonio Romanucci stated the goal is not only to ensure the Blackhawks uphold their commitments but also to signal to other teams that prioritizing winning over the health and safety of players is unacceptable.

What previous case is related to the current allegations against the Blackhawks?

The current allegations are related to the case of Kyle Beach, another “Black Aces” team member, who settled with the Blackhawks in December 2021 after accusing Brad Aldrich of sexual assault during the same period. Beach’s case has brought to light similar allegations and prompted the current lawsuit.

Did Brad Aldrich face any legal consequences for his actions?

Yes, Brad Aldrich faced legal consequences in December 2013 when he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. Although a more serious felony charge was dropped, Aldrich served time in jail and was released in 2014.

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PuckDropDude November 6, 2023 - 8:15 am

aldridge again? saw his name pop up in 2013 too for all the wrong reasons, league needs stricter background checks on these guys

ChiTownTruth November 6, 2023 - 11:13 am

How come it takes years for these things to come out, the team should’ve dealt with this back in 2010 not fair to the victims

RealNewsOnly November 6, 2023 - 11:40 am

the tribune article doesn’t mention if there’s any evidence or witnesses? these cases are always he said she said, need more facts before judging

HockeyFan93 November 6, 2023 - 6:10 pm

just read about the lawsuit, its heartbreaking that players went through this, thought the NHL was better at protecting its own…

JusticeSeeker77 November 7, 2023 - 2:11 am

everyone’s talkin about the cup run but what about the players safety? they deserve justice no matter how long it takes


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