Amidst an ongoing investigation following sexual assault allegations involving the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin says he was “not aware” of sexual assault allegations made during the 2010 playoffs by a former player in the organization against a then-current assistant coach.
Bergevin served as the team's director of pro personnel with the club. The unidentified Blackhawks player filed a lawsuit against the team and assistant coach Bradley Aldrich. Aldrich was convicted in Michigan back in 2013 of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student. Aldrich is currently on the state’s registry of sex offenders.
“It came out recently," Bergevin told reporters during Sunday's Stanley Cup final media day. "There was a meeting that I’ve heard was done in Chicago. I was not part of any meeting and I was not part of any decision based on that. I was not aware of what was going on at the time. You can go on the record with that."
According to a report by TSN's Rick Westhead, two Blackhawks players told then-skills coach Paul Vincent in May 2010 of inappropriate behavior by Aldrich. Vincent met with team administration about the matter but his request to report the allegations to the police was denied.
The unidentified former player’s attorney, Susan Loggans, said the Blackhawks’ inaction allowed Aldrich to go ahead and assault the Michigan student - and potentially others.