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Stan Bowman out as Blackhawks GM and president of hockey operations after law firm announces findings of investigation related to 2010 misconduct allegations

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — A law firm working for the Chicago Blackhawks has completed an independent review of a former player’s 2010 sexual misconduct allegations against then-video coach Brad Aldrich as well as the team’s handling of his complaint at the time, the team announced Tuesday.

The results of Chicago-based Jenner & Block’s findings were announced at 1 p.m. Blackhawks owner and Chairman Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz and Reid Schar, partner at Jenner & Block, were present.

Wirtz announced that Stan Bowman, the general manager and president of hockey operations, has “stepped aside.” Kyle Davidson will take on the role of interim GM.

The anonymous former player, using the pseudonym “John Doe,” has an ongoing lawsuit against the team alleging negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Aldrich pleaded guilty in 2013 to misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct with a former Houghton (Mich.) High School hockey player who later also sued the Hawks.

The Hawks have filed motions to dismiss both cases.

While announcing the law firm’s findings, Danny Wirtz also apologized to John Doe.

 

“I am confident this would not be tolerated in our organization today,” he said. “We must and will do better.”

Danny Wirtz called the report “disturbing and difficult to read. It speaks for itself.”

Rocky Wirtz said neither he nor his son knew of the allegations until the lawsuit was filed.

“If we had, we certainly wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said.

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