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Editorial: The Bradley Aldrich saga, and the disturbing questions it raises about the conduct of the Blackhawks.

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14.09.2021

Fans have every right to wince at the Chicago Blackhawks’ lackluster performance as of late. They’ve reached the playoffs just once in the last four seasons, in 2020, and were bounced in the first round by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Stanley Cup seasons of 2010, 2013 and 2015? Glory days indeed, but there’s no hint of an imminent reprise.

The Blackhawk faithful, however, should not forgive the lack of transparency and accountability that the team has displayed during the profoundly disturbing saga involving the team’s former video coach, Bradley Aldrich.

The 38-year-old Michigan native is at the center of allegations that he sexually assaulted a Hawks player during the team’s 2010season. That player has filed a lawsuit against the team, claiming it failed to properly investigate and discipline Aldrich, and allowed the wrongful behavior to go undocumented and unchecked. The lawsuit claims another Hawks player had accused Aldrich of sexual misconduct, and that the team failed to act in that case as well. That alleged second player has not filed suit, and has not publicly confirmed that allegation.

Aldrich is now registered as a sex offender in Michigan. He pleaded guilty in December 2013 to a misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual conduct with a 16-year-old boy, a high school hockey player he had........

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