“We’re Not Going to Talk About Kyle Beach…We’re Moving On!”: Chicago Blackhawks Owner Slams Reporter During Team Townhall

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Throughout the 2010’s, the Chicago Blackhawks were viewed as one of the NHL’s model teams, with three Stanley Cup championships in five seasons. However, the team came under fire in 2021 with the findings of an independent investigation into sexual assault by the team’s former Video Coach Brad Aldrich toward then-team prospect Kyle Beach and the team failing to properly address the situation during their 2010 run.

On Wednesday, during a team townhall meeting by executives within the organization to address the direction of the team, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz had a heated exchange with The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus, who asked Team CEO Danny Wirtz (son of Rocky) how the team planned to support players in the future in a similar situation to Kyle Beach.

The townhall, which was broadcast on the team’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, had reportedly been moving along smoothly prior to the exchange.

Amidst the settlement of two lawsuits from Beach and a second victim of Aldrich (whose name Wirtz requested – and subsequently granted – to have removed from the Stanley Cup), and overall team struggles this season, a follow-up question from Chicago Tribune reporter Phillip Thompson was met with a similar response.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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