Stan Bowman is out and Blackhawks are fined $2M after law firm announces findings of investigation related to 2010 misconduct allegations

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The Hawks also filed a motion to dismiss a second lawsuit by a former Houghton (Mich.) High School hockey player referred to as “John Doe 2.” Aldrich pleaded guilty in 2013 to misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct with John Doe 2.

“What I would like to see is they live up to their apology ... (and) withdraw their motion to dismiss and make a good-faith effort to resolve the case because they destroyed this person’s life,” Loggans said, referring to John Doe 1. “He was listening (to the Hawks briefing), too, and he was crying on the other side.”

Danny Wirtz said during the briefing: “I am confident this would not be tolerated in our organization today. We must and will do better.”

John Doe 1, who participated in the review, released this statement: “Today I am grateful for the accountability from Rocky, Danny Wirtz and the Blackhawks organization. I also want to thank Jenner & Block and specifically Reid Schar for the respect he and they showed me throughout their investigation.

“Although nothing can truly change the detriment to my life over the past decade because of the actions of one man inside the Blackhawks organization, I am very grateful to have the truth be recognized, and I look forward to continuing the long journey to recovery.”

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.

Schar, a partner at Jenner & Block, said the investigation found that several Hawks executives and coaches met within an hour of the clinching victory in the Western Conference finals on May 23, 2010, to talk about the allegations against Aldrich. The report says no action was taken for three weeks.

Those present at the meeting, according to the report, were McDonough, Bowman, Quenneville, Cheveldayoff, MacIsaac, Gary and Blunk.

“Accounts of that meeting vary significantly and the participants have limited recollection of the details of the meeting,” Schar said. “At a minimum, the senior leaders including then-President John McDonough were informed of alleged sexual harassment of a player by a coach, including efforts by the coach to engage in unwelcome sexual activity with that player.”


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