The NHLPA and its director Donald Fehr have been cleared by a survey of the NHL Players Association’s response to Kyle Beach’s 2010 sexual assault allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich.
A study conducted by law firm Kozen O’Connor and published publicly on Friday “could not identify an individual’s misconduct or institutional failure of a policy or procedure due to any failure. [or] NHLPA representative. “
However, the details of the research report raise far more questions than they answer.
Beach and “Black Ace 1” are still anonymous Hawks prospects who allegedly sexually harassed Aldrich in 2010 and refused to participate in the Kozen O’Connor investigation. why?
Former beach agent Ross Gurney wants to call Fehr in December 2010 after Aldrich was hired by USA Hockey, and Fehr wants to inform USA Hockey about the immorality of their new coach. I told the investigator. Gurney recalled describing Aldrich as Fehr’s “sexual predator” or “pedophile,” but he swear he doesn’t remember hearing it.
How do you remember the fail? And more importantly, why didn’t he notify USA Hockey at the time?
Fail told investigators that he wouldn’t have notified USA hockey without knowing more about what Aldrich did and whether Beach reported it. If so, why didn’t he ask for such details, or why did Gurney not provide them?
Gurney told investigators that he was in regular contact with Fail, but did not follow up on Aldrich. why? And why didn’t he track Aldrich himself and try to notify his later employers, such as the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami (Ohio)?
Joe Resnick, a former Black Ace 1 agent, sent an email to Fehr in April 2011 about Black Ace 1 talking to an NHLPA-related therapist about the sexual harassment he endured. In the email, he wrote: [Gurney] Regarding the case with [Beach]…last year. “
How did Resnick learn about the conversation between Gurney and Fehr? The most logical possible answer is that Gurney told him, but the scenario suggests that the Beach-Aldrich assault was more widely discussed among the parties than the investigation suggests. To do. What other conversations did you have? Who else said it?
Investigators found a phone record of a 14-minute call between Resnick and Fehr hours after the email, but neither Resnick nor Fehr remember the call. What was said? Why didn’t it lead to concrete actions? How do neither remember it?
Dr. Brian Shaw, a psychologist in the NHL and NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral health programs, asks if Beach has given him a “graphic account” of Aldrich’s sexual assault and has anyone contacted the USA hockey about Aldrich. Said that. However, Shaw considered Beach’s comments to be a “privileged conversation” between the patient and the therapist, and therefore a secret. Therefore, he did not notify USA Hockey.
Why didn’t the show ask the beach if they wanted the show to contact USA Hockey? Why didn’t he clarify on the beach where he recognized the confidentiality?
The show also did not share this story of his phone call with the beach with Jenner & Brock’s investigators during last year’s Hawks investigation. Why did Shaw first withhold this information with such a minor technique?
And finally, the findings underscore the prevailing culture of lack of communication and postponement of responsibility within the NHLPA and other NHL circles.So how about it no Does it indicate “institutional failure of policy or procedure”?
Anyway, some may dismiss this survey and its question as relatively unrelated. Indeed, the beach proceedings were resolved and the Blackhawks executives involved in the cover-up were dismissed.
But to ensure that another similar universal collapse of accountability never happens again, all foundations must be covered. The NHLPA will continue to be the responsible association responsible for protecting NHL players and their interests. Fail remains its director. Gurney and Resnick remain agents. They are all important. And these questions remain mysteriously unanswered.