Report: Blackhawks to meet with Kyle Beach; NHLPA to discuss future of Donald Fehr

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Kyle Beach, who said he was the victim of sexual assault at the hands of a Chicago Blackhawks employee a decade ago, will meet with team officials on Tuesday, The Athletic reported.

Beach sued the team earlier this year. Last week, lawyers for the Blackhawks filed documents asking in support of their previous motion to dismiss lawsuits filed by Beach and another person. The team contends the filings were legal procedures and that they intend to enter settlement talks with Beach.

Kyle Beach to meet with the Blackhawks

His lawyer, Susan Loggans, said Saturday that she and Beach have a meeting scheduled with the team on Tuesday, per The Athletic.

Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said he has instructed team attorneys to “see if we can reach a fair resolution consistent with the totality of the circumstances.”

On Saturday, Beach had conversations with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and with Donald Fehr, executive director of the players union. The NHL Players Association’s executive board is scheduled to meet Monday, with the Beach case on the agenda.

“There was discussion about what could be done in the future to assure this kind of thing did not occur again,” Susan Loggins, a lawyer representing Beach in a lawsuit against the Blackhawks, told The Associated Press in an email.

Last week, the Blackhawks released the findings of an investigation that showed Beach was sexually abused by Bradley Aldrich, the former video coach. General manager Stan Bowman resigned and senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac was fired for their handling of Beach’s allegations when they learned about them in 2010.

NHLPA head apologized to Beach; will discuss future on Monday

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Sep 8, 2021; Cooperstown, New York, USA; Donald Fehr makes the acceptance speech for the late Hall of Fame inductee Marvin Miller during the 2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr became the latest figure in the Chicago Blackhawks scandal to apologize to Kyle Beach, saying “I am truly sorry.”

Fehr issued a statement early Thursday morning, hours after Beach identified himself as the “John Doe” who levied sexual assault allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2010.

Beach was critical of Fehr by name during his interview with TSN.

“There is no doubt that the system failed to support him in his time of need, and we are part of that system,” Fehr said in the statement.

This Monday, Donald Fehr will meet with the NHLPA executive board, which will include a team representative from all 32 franchises. It is being reported that on the agenda will be the future of Fehr as the director.

His removal will not be simple, despite the anger among players over his handling of the Kyle Beach situation. There is no obvious replacement, but that may not matter to the NHLPA.

“According to the players’ association’s own constitution, the players do have the ability, if they want, to go into a private session,” Elliotte Friedman explained. “In that case, the executive board may continue its meeting in an executive session, and Donald Fehr would not be part of it. Twenty members constitutes a quorum, and if they decide to vote to remove him, they would need at least 18 yeses to do it.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this report