Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz responds to findings of investigators regarding how the team handled sexual assault allegations made against its former video coach in 2010. He also announces that Stan Bowman has resigned. (2:37).
Joel Quenneville, Florida Panthers coach, has a meeting with Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner in New York, to discuss his involvement on the Chicago Blackhawks case of sexual abuse.
Quenneville stated that he discussed the matter with the team and said he didn’t believe it would be an issue since "I think we attempt to eliminate any distractions."
Bettman is also arranging a meeting to meet with Winnipeg Jets general manger Kevin Chevalayoff, a Blackhawks front-office member in 2010. In a statement Tuesday, the commissioner stated that he would "reserve judgment" on the men until they have the opportunity to speak.
Quenneville stated Wednesday morning at the Panthers morning skating that "I respect all of you doing your jobs here" "But I won’t be commenting further until I meet with the commissioner."
On Wednesday night, the Panthers will host the Boston Bruins.
Quenneville, who was in Chicago for the Stanley Cup run this summer, publicly stated that he wasn't aware of the sexual assault allegations against Brad Aldrich, his former video coach.
An investigation by Jenner & Block, commissioned to the Blackhawks by the Blackhawks, showed that Quenneville was indeed aware of the situation. Quenneville also looped into a meeting in which the Aldrich allegations had been addressed.
Quenneville was among the 139 people Jenner & Block interviewed during the investigation. Quenneville was not present during the first part of the meeting but was summoned mid-way through.
Stan Bowman, former GM, recalls that Quenneville, upon learning about the Aldrich allegations in the report, "shook his head" and stated that the team had struggled to reach the playoffs and that they couldn't deal with the issue now.
Aldrich was there for the Stanley Cup celebrations. Aldrich was then offered the option to resign or take part in an investigation by human resources. He resigned.