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NHL: The fallout continues

Hockey

The GIST: One week after Kyle Beach bravely revealed himself as John Doe in the lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks, here’s the latest on the NHL’s (mis)handling of sexual assault allegations.

November 03, 2021
SOURCE: DAVE SANDFORD/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: DAVE SANDFORD/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Player response: After declining to be interviewed during this summer’s investigation into Beach’s allegations, former Chicago and current Edmonton Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith expressed his regret to the media on Monday.

  • Meanwhile, Chicago right winger Patrick Kane (who was on the team in 2010 and has faced sexual assault allegations himself) walked back his comments after initially supporting Chicago’s management. *eye roll*
  • Elsewhere, in a showing of true leadership, the Boston Bruins watched Beach’s full interview as a team. Here for this.

Media: While the Bruins are having an open dialogue, the NHL seems to want to shut it down. During the league’s press conference with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, TSN journalist Rick Westhead (who conducted the interview with Beach) was not called upon until other journalists pointed it out. Shameful.

What’s new: In other “the NHL is a sh!tshow” news, the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate team is facing sexual assault allegations from the wife of a former assistant coach. Needless to say, hockey culture needs to change.