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Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz wrote a letter on Thursday to Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald, demanding the removal of disgraced video coach Brad Aldrich’s name from the Stanley Cup.
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan posted the copy of Wirtz’s letter on Friday.
The results of an independent investigation conducted by law firm Jenner & Block confirmed that Aldrich sexually abused a player during the 2009-10 NHL season. The player, Kyle Beach, revealed that he was "John Doe" in an interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead on Wednesday.
Here is a copy of the letter Rocky Wirtz sent to the Hall of Fame.
"Names have been engraved and then for years. Taking a stand on the unforgivable behavior of Aldrich should include erasing his name from the Cup." pic.twitter.com/cpTtvaUmun
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) October 29, 2021
Aldrich was convicted of 4th degree sexual criminal sexual conduct involving a minor in 2013, and is currently listed in Michigan’s sex offender database.
The investigation also revealed that general manager Stan Bowman, senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac, assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Joel Quenneville were informed about the incident, but took no action until after the team had won the Stanley Cup weeks later, when president John McDonough reported the incident to human resources.
Bowman resigned from the Blackhawks after the findings of the Jenner & Block investigation were released, Quenneville resigned from his position as head coach of the Florida Panthers, while the NHL released a statement Friday, revealing that the league will not impose discipline against Cheveldayoff, who is currently the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets.
Investigators say Brad Aldrich's Blackhawks employee file "could not be located..."
HR execs tell me the 2010 industry standard was computerized records. Deleting would leave digital trail.
Blackhawks refuse to say if they are investigating whether records destroyed purposefully. pic.twitter.com/cTeilIilhp
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) October 29, 2021
“Out of respect to each and every player who sacrificed to earn their place in history and on the Stanley Cup, our request is based on principle and our moral belief that a convicted sex offender does not belong on the Stanley Cup. Thank you for your consideration in this request,” Wirtz wrote.
It’s far too little, too late for Wirtz to believe he has the moral imperative and removing Aldrich’s name from the Stanley Cup is something the Blackhawks should’ve demanded in 2013 upon being convicted as a sex offender.
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