Kyle Beach is a hero.
In an exclusive interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead on Wednesday night, the man was referred to as John Do when investigating the sexual misconduct of Brad Aldridge, a convicted sex offender within the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Yi, he revealed that he is Kyle Beach.
Beech was the first-round draft pick for the Blackhawks in 2008. After finishing his last OHL season, he was called up to the Black Hawks to participate in the 2010 playoffs as the “Black Hawks”. He did not play a game, but was still on the team roster.
It was during this time that Aldridge, who was then the video coach of the Blackhawks, sexually assaulted him.
After experiencing a traumatic experience, Beech publicly told the media about the consequences of his abuse, outlined the intricate cover-ups of the Blackhawks organization, and tried to portray his claims as unfounded.
“The Blackhawks denied this,” Beech said, showing greater courage than any member of the organization.
“They said they did an investigation, and they said my statement was baseless. To me, I think it was because they were telling the world that I was a liar and I was lying.”
Beech also talked publicly about the role played by former Blackhawks coach Joel Quinneville after he was brought to the top leadership of the team. Quenneville previously stated in July that he knew nothing about these claims until he learned of these claims through the media last summer.
However, the beach reiterated that this was wrong.
“I witnessed the meeting immediately after the report [the assault] James Gary is being held in the office of Joel Quinneville,” Beech said.
“It is absolutely impossible for him not to know this.”
Although scheduled to meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman in New York on Thursday, Quinnaver will still coach the Florida Panthers tonight, and they will face the Boston Bruins.
Beech’s testimony also refuted the former Blackhawks’ claims that they were unaware of these allegations when they played for the team in 2010. Since the initial report of Beech’s allegations came to light, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and team captain Jonathan Toss have all said they knew nothing about the events at the time.
Keith did this recently, and he told the Edmonton media, “I don’t know that is happening, those things are happening to that person.”
However, Beech recalled a very different story. He said that his teammates would reprimand him with homophobic insults and ridicule in training because he mentioned his abuse.
“I believe everyone in that locker room knows about this,” he said.
The Chicago Blackhawks lost the beach. At all levels. Just like the NHL. According to Beech, the NHL refused to investigate his claims “three or four months ago.” Beech said the same thing to American hockey, and he recalled that he didn’t want to be involved.
In reporting his abuse to the Players Association, Beech did not receive any help.
According to a report released by law firm Jenner & Block on Tuesday, a confidant of Beach contacted Donald Fehr, head of NHLPA, to ask Beach’s concerns about Aldrich’s work for the American hockey team. Phil said he would discuss Aldridge’s work with people he knew. Aldridge continued to work for American hockey. In a later email with another person mentioned in the report, Fair denied any memory of such a conversation.
“When this happened, I was on the NHL list. I know I reported every detail of this to someone in the NHLPA,” Beach explained, tearful.
“When one of your jobs is protection, he (Fair) turns his back on the players…I don’t know how this can be your leader.”
The beach wants to change. He hopes to establish a mechanism to ensure that similar things will never happen to anyone again. It depends on the alliance.
“NHL has let me down, and they have let others down. They continue to work hard to protect their name,” Beech said.
“I hope Gary Bateman will take this matter seriously and do his best”
The bravery that Beech showed in coming forward for his public appearance is unimaginable. He is a hero. He will be treated this way. The precedent that Beech set up by talking publicly about his abuse will undoubtedly inspire many others in sports and other fields to come forward and tell their stories. This is of course the legacy he wants his frankness to leave.
“I am a survivor. I know I am not alone. I know I am not the only one — male or female. I buried it for 10 years. It destroyed me from the inside out,” Beech said.
“I want everyone to know that you are not alone”