Stan Bowman Out as Chicago Blackhawks General Manager

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that general manager Stan Bowman has stepped down from his position. This news came shortly after the investigation involving the sexual misconduct of Brad Aldrich became public. Kyle Davidson has become the new interim general manager of the Blackhawks.

Stan Bowman Steps Down

At the time of the events involving John Doe and Brad Aldrich, Stan Bowman was general manager of the Blackhawks. According to the investigation, Bowman did not act when presented with Aldrich’s assault in May of 2010. After this meeting, Aldrich continued to work with and travel with the team for three weeks. No action was taken in this time, either. Reid Schar of Jenner & Block, the attorneys investigating the assault, said that no action was taken until June 14th at the conclusion of the playoffs.


In addition, Al MacIsaac has stepped down from his role. Danny Wirtz, one of the owners of the Blackhawks, stated that the team will “seek a fair resolution” to the lawsuits.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman notes that the executives named in the report who are no longer with the Blackhawks will need to be personally cleared by him to return to an NHL job. Additionally, Chicago has been fined $2 million by the league for “inadequate procedures.”

How This Affects the NHL

This news has now expanded the investigation beyond the Blackhawks. Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville were both involved with the Blackhawks in 2010. Both came out in denial of any knowledge surrounding the Aldrich situation. Bettman is expected to hold one-on-one meetings to determine next steps. Despite their denial, the investigation revealed that both men lied publicly. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was not brought up in the discussion despite serving a role as assistant general manager.

This case may serve as a watershed moment for victims in the NHL. While the results of the investigation don’t change what happened, it may encourage other victims to speak up across the world of professional hockey.

Stan Bowman was a successful general manager. No matter what he accomplished at the NHL level, nothing excuses his actions from 2010 onward.

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