Blackhawks Accused of Ignoring Coach Abuse Claims

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Police investigative reports obtained by Chicago-based National Public Radio station WBEZ show a former Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach later convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a Michigan youth was investigated for other possible unwanted sexual contact with minors and young adult men, but the team failed to aid that probe.

The unreported law enforcement documents obtained through an open-records request also reveal new details about the sexual conduct case that landed Bradley Aldrich on a sex-offender registry and point to previously unknown alleged misconduct by Aldrich at Miami University of Ohio, where he served as director of hockey operations after leaving the Blackhawks. He resigned from that position in 2012 “under suspicion of unwanted touching of a male adult,” the university’s attorney told police. The university told WBEZ Monday that it has opened an internal investigation into Aldrich’s brief stint there nine years ago.

Moreover, a police report obtained by WBEZ from the Houghton (Mich.) Police Department outlines repeated allegations of a sexual nature against Aldrich during his time as an assistant high school hockey coach there after departing both the Blackhawks and Miami University.

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