Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville has a gathering scheduled with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday in New York to debate his involvement within the Chicago Blackhawks intercourse abuse case.
Quenneville mentioned he addressed the case with the staff, and mentioned he did not assume it will be a difficulty as a result of “I think we try to eliminate all distractions.”
Bettman is also arranging a gathering with Winnipeg Jets common supervisor Kevin Chevalayoff — a Blackhawks entrance workplace member in 2010 — and in a press release on Tuesday, the commissioner mentioned he would “reserve judgement” on each males till they get the possibility to talk.
“I respect you all doing your job here and have your own questions here,” Quenneville mentioned Wednesday morning on the Panthers morning skate. “But I won’t be commenting further until my meeting with the commissioner.”
The Panthers host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night time.
Over the summer season, Quenneville publicly mentioned he was not conscious of the sexual assault allegations in opposition to then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010, as Chicago was on a Stanley Cup run.
But an investigation by the regulation agency Jenner & Block, commissioned by the Blackhawks, revealed Quenneville was in truth conscious of the scenario and looped into a gathering the place the Aldrich allegations had been addressed.
Quenneville was one of many 139 individuals Jenner & Block interviewed for the investigation. The report states that Quenneville was not current for the primary portion of the assembly, however was referred to as in halfway via.
According to former GM Stan Bowman’s recollection within the report, after studying of the Aldrich allegations, Quenneville “shook his head and said that it was hard for the team to get to where they were [the playoffs] and they could not deal with this issue now.”
Aldrich stayed with the staff via the Stanley Cup celebrations. Aldrich then was given an possibility by human sources to resign or take part in an investigation. He resigned.