Hockey ‘Old Boys’ Club Culture Must Change in Blackhawks Scandal
Taylor Hall: Hockey ‘Old Boys’ Club Culture Must Change originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Boston Bruins star Taylor Hall slammed the NHL’s “old boys club” atmosphere and stressed the importance of changing the culture of the sport in response to the Blackhawks’ sexual assault investigation from Chicago.
Earlier this week, former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach was revealed as the “John Doe” in court documents relating to a complaint against the team. Beach alleged that former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Jenner & Block law firm has conducted an independent investigation (commissioned by the Blackhawks) into the situation and published its findings last Tuesday. The cabinet report concluded that the Blackhawks had failed to respond appropriately to Beach’s allegations.
Many players and coaches in the league have responded to the Blackhawks scandal and report findings this week, and some of the most notable comments have come from Boston Bruins left winger Taylor Hall.
“Our thoughts are with Kyle Beach,” Hall told reporters after Thursday night’s loss to the Hurricanes. “We were playing junior at the same time, and it’s so unfortunate that he had to go through that. We were talking about it last night. Everyone feels bad for him and hopes he can find some comfort in the end. “
Hall added: “Every culture has to keep improving and hockey is no different. It’s a game that’s kinda, I guess you’d call an old boys club. They can. You don’t want to. never think of an incident like this, good things come from it because it was so terrible. But there has to be changes and unfortunately people have to be held accountable. “
The fallout from the Blackhawks investigation has included three people (so far) who have lost their jobs.
Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville, who was behind the Blackhawks bench from 2008-09 to 2018-19, resigned from his post on Thursday evening. His last game as a Panthers coach has come Wednesday vs. the Bruins.
Blackhawks senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac and general manager Stan Bowman also resigned this week.
On Tuesday, the NHL fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and premature response in dealing with issues related to the employment of former video coach Brad Aldrich with the club and his final departure in 2010 ”.