NHL says it will not discipline Jets GM Cheveldayoff in Blackhawks scandal

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NEW YORK — The NHL says it will not discipline Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, saying he is not responsible for the Chicago Blackhawks' handling of sexual assault allegations against a former assistant coach.

The announcement comes after Cheveldayoff met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York to discuss whether Cheveldayoff had a role in the Blackhawks response to sexual assault allegations made by player Kyle Beach against Brad Aldrich during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup run.

Bettman said Cheveldayoff, who was the Blackhawks' assistant GM at the time, was not a member of the senior leadership team.

A third-party investigation conducted by the Blackhawks reported that Cheveldayoff was part of a group of team leaders who met to discuss Beach's allegations against Aldrich, then failed to act for three weeks.

The NHL's announcement comes a day after former Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville, who was the head coach of the Blackhawks at the time of the alleged incident, resigned after a meeting with Bettman.

Blackhawks general manager and president of hockey operations Stan Bowman and top executive Al MacIsaac resigned shortly after the report was released.

Cheveldayoff has been GM of the Jets since the team relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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