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Gary Bettman gave an update on Kyle Beach

Published November 1, 2021 at 6:35 PM
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with the media on Monday to discuss the Kyle Beach issue.

The hostilities began with Bettman apologizing to the victim of sexual assault, Kyle Beach, involving the Chicago Blackhawks that took place in 2010.

Bettman was clear that what happened was unacceptable and there will be ways put in place to prevent it from happening again.

"What happened was inappropriate, it was unacceptable on every level and it was not handled properly by the Blackhawks organization," Bettman also said.


Bettman said that the practices put in place by NHL teams will be monitored closely in the future. The commissioner wants to make sure that the organizations in his league are doing the right thing by their players. Bettman also commented on the whitewashing of Kevin Cheveldayoff, a rather controversial decision that did not please many.

Recall that Cheveldayoff was an assistant to Hawks general manager Stan Bowman in 2010, when the organization decided to hide the situation from the outside world through an internal meeting.

Bettman tried to justify his decision to keep the Jets' general manager on the job.

"Kevin was such a minor player in all of this," Bettman said. "When the investigation was underway, Kevin was the only person who claimed Kevin was involved in the meeting."

The 69-year-old mentioned that Cheveldayoff was rather naive in this story, mentioning that he left that infamous meeting in a hurry, thinking that the organization was going to investigate who was at fault Brad Aldrich. When Aldrich left, Cheveldayoff was convinced that this was the result of the Blackhawks' "investigation".

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