The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement Wednesday night regarding Kyle Beach, who identified himself as the player allegedly sexually abused by Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 during an exclusive interview with investigative reporter Rick Westhead on TSN’s SportsCentre on Wednesday night.
“First, we would like to acknowledge and commend Kyle Beach’s courage in coming forward. As an organization, the Chicago Blackhawks reiterate our deepest apologies to him for what he has gone through and for the organization’s failure to promptly respond when he bravely brought this matter to light in 2010. It was inexcusable for the then-executives of the Blackhawks organization to delay taking action regarding the reported sexual misconduct. No playoff game or championship is more important than protecting our players and staff from predatory behavior.
The Blackhawks have implemented numerous changes and improvements within the organization, including hiring a new leadership team that is committed to winning championships while adhering to the highest ethical, professional, and athletic standards.”