Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has submitted a letter to Lanny MacDonald, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, asking for Brad Aldrich’s name to be removed from the Stanley Cup. Aldrich, a video coach for the Blackhawks during their 2009-10 Stanley Cup run, is the center of a sexual abuse case which involved a former Blackhawks player.
The Hockey Hall of Fame manages the Stanley Cup, including the engraving of the names for each Stanley Cup winning team.
The victim, former Blackhawks draft pick and then-prospect Kyle Beach, came forward as the player “John Doe” in the case, on Wednesday. According to the findings (which can be read in full HERE) by Jenner & Block, a law firm hired by the Blackhawks to conduct an independent investigation into the matter, Aldridge sexually abused Beach during the Blackhawks playoff run in 2010.
“HHOF Chair, Lanny McDonald spoke w/NHL Bettman & Daly today re: the request from the Blackhawks to have Aldrich’s name removed from the Cup. The parties agree this request is appropriate & will have further dialogue, incl w/ Cup trustees, on how best to effectuate this request.”
— Kelly Masse (@KellyHockeyHall) October 29, 2021
By Jon Sorensen