The ex-player previously known as John Doe who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the Blackhawks that led to top hockey executive Stan Bowman’s ouster, a $2-million fine for the team and an organizational proclamation to change for the better what has been described as an "animalism" culture has publicly revealed his identity.
He’s Kyle Beach, who has shared his story of being sexually assaulted by former Blackhawks video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2010. Beach revealed his identity on a TSN broadcast Wednesday evening, one day after the results of an investigation by the law firm Jenner & Block were released and found that Blackhawks executives had waited more than three weeks to act after Beach informed them in May 2010 that he had been sexually assaulted by Aldrich. The investigation found that the organization's leaders prioritized their goal of winning the Stanley Cup, which it would do on that June 9, over the incident.
“Yesterday was a day of many emotions,” Beach said on TSN. “I cried, I smiled, I laughed. I cried some more. My girlfriend and I, we didn’t know how to feel. We didn’t know how to think. We just held each other, supported each other. She’s been my rock from the very beginning of this process.
“I don’t think we ever could’ve imagined what would come out of yesterday’s press conference. Following it, it’s just a great feeling of relief, vindication – that it was no longer my word against everybody else’s.”