Ex-assistant Chicago Blackhawks coach ‘forced player to have sex’

A former Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach, now a convicted sex offender, allegedly threatened a player with a baseball bat before coercing him into consensual sex 11 years ago, a lawsuit alleges.

Bradley Aldrich has been charged in two separate lawsuits with sexually abusing two Blackhawks players in 2010, as well as a former student he convicted of assault in 2013.

New details about the alleged attack on the players emerged on Thursday after amended versions of the lawsuits, first filed in May, were filed.

The lawsuits have been filed against the Chicago Blackhawks, accusing the hockey team of inaction after being made aware of the assault charges a decade ago, which allegedly occurred during a playoff run to a Stanley Cup title. .

Bradley Aldrich has been charged in two separate lawsuits with sexually assaulting two Blackhawks players in 2010, as well as a former student he convicted of assault in 2013.

According to one of the modified suits, which was obtained by the Chicago Sun Times, an unidentified Hawks player claims that Aldrich forced him into nonconsensual sex after inviting him to his apartment under the guise that they would review game clips together.

The player, who has since retired, claims that Aldrich started watching porn and masturbated for him.

When the player tried to leave, Aldrich allegedly blocked the door and “physically threatened” him with a souvenir Cubs baseball bat.

The lawsuit says Aldrich told the player he would “never play in the NHL… if” [he] was not having any unconsensual sexual activity with Aldrich at the time.”

The player said he was “paralyzed with fear” and that Aldrich would then have touched him, performed “lewd and lascivious” acts and then cum on him, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleges that Aldrich also assaulted another unidentified Blackhawks player. The second player does not sue the team.

The second lawsuit was filed by a former college student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan after he left the Blackhawks.

The former student, whom Aldrich had convicted of assault, filed a separate lawsuit against the Blackhawks, accusing them of providing positive references to Aldrich’s future employers.

The lawsuits have been filed against the Chicago Blackhawks, accusing the team of inaction after being made aware of the assault charges a decade ago, which allegedly occurred during a playoff run to a Stanley Cup title. (pictured above)

The lawsuits have been filed against the Chicago Blackhawks, accusing the team of inaction after being made aware of the assault charges a decade ago, which allegedly occurred during a playoff run to a Stanley Cup title. (pictured above)

The second lawsuit was filed by a former college student who Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan after he left the Blackhawks

The second lawsuit was filed by a former college student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan in 2013 after he left the Blackhawks.

The second lawsuit was filed by a former college student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan in 2013 after he left the Blackhawks.

According to that suit, the student was a hockey player at Houghton High School near Hancock in 2013 when Aldrich sexually assaulted him at a late-season gathering.

Former skills coach Paul Vincent (above) claims he informed executives about the allegations, including then-team president John McDonough and current general manager Stan Bowman, but they allegedly declined to inform police

Former skills coach Paul Vincent (above) claims he informed executives about the allegations, including then-team president John McDonough and current general manager Stan Bowman, but they allegedly declined to inform police

He is now on Michigan’s sex offender registry in connection with that attack.

The lawsuit filed by the player alleges that the team did nothing after being made aware of the allegations.

According to the lawsuit, Hawks skills coach James Gary convinced the player that he was responsible for the alleged attack.

Gary, who has since retired, has denied knowing anything about the allegations.

Another skills coach, Paul Vincent, claims he informed executives about the allegations, including then-team president John McDonough and current general manager Stan Bowman, but they allegedly declined to inform police.

“A weight has been lifted off me,” Vincent told TSN last month. “I will stand up in court and say what happened. I know what the team did to cover this up and coming forward was the right thing to do.”

In court documents related to the lawsuits, the team claimed they had no “legal obligation” to report the allegations because the player was not a minor.

Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager Stan Bowman promised to cooperate with the investigation Thursday, but declined to answer when asked if he was part of a meeting about the allegations at the time.

Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager Stan Bowman promised to cooperate with the investigation Thursday, but declined to answer when asked if he was part of a meeting about the allegations at the time.

A lawyer for the player, who also represents the student, alleges that the Blackhawks’ negligence allowed Aldrich to proceed and attack the Michigan student.

“Had the Blackhawks accurately reported what happened to John Doe 1, Aldrich should never have been in a position to harass other people,” attorney Susan Loggans said.

The team has since ordered an internal review, which is being conducted by a former federal prosecutor and is still ongoing.

Bowman promised to cooperate with the investigation on Thursday, but declined to answer when asked if he was part of a meeting about the allegations at the time.

He mentioned the ongoing lawsuit.

“The evaluation itself is something I plan to participate in and I’m going to fully cooperate with it,” Bowman said.

‘We have brought in a number of experts. To the best of my knowledge, these are respected people in the legal community, and I intend to work with them fully.

“We take this very seriously. I take this very seriously. But we have to let the process play itself out. That’s where things are today. We’re going to let this play out.’

Longtime Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, now at Florida, recently said he has contacted the organization to say he will “support and participate in the independent review.”

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