Kyle Beach, Blackhawks Reach Settlement in Lawsuit over Brad Aldrich Allegations

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 16, 2021

HALLE, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: Kyle Beach of TecArt Black Dragons Erfurt skates against the Saale Bulls Halle during the Oberliga Nord match between Saale Bulls Halle and TecArt Black Dragons Erfurt at Sparkassen-Eisdom on November 16, 2021 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks have reached a settlement with Kyle Beach, who said that former team video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him in 2010.

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Beach brought the allegations forward to the Blackhawks at the time, and their inaction came into the spotlight following an independent report from the law firm of Jenner & Block in October.

An Oct. 27 statement from the Blackhawks admitted that former team executives did not adequately handle Beach's allegations when he brought them forward:

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Jenner & Block found that "no action was taken for three weeks" after Beach made the allegations and that the team violated its own sexual harassment policy as a result.

The fallout from the report included the resignation of Chicago general manager Stan Bowman as well as former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, who was working for the Florida Panthers this past fall. The NHL also fined the Blackhawks $2 million.

As for Beach, ESPN News Services reported on Nov. 23 that he was seeking "in excess of $50,000" from the team, although an "exact amount was not specified."

Aldrich later worked and volunteered with USA Hockey, Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio and Houghton High School (Michigan) following his days with the Blackhawks.

In October 2013, Houghton police arrested Aldrich for sexually assaulting a player on the Houghton hockey team.

Aldrich pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor in December 2013, and he was sentenced to nine months in jail and five years probation.

TSN's Rick Westhead reported Wednesday that the Blackhawks are scheduled to conduct settlement negotiations with that former player Monday.