CHICAGO – A lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks by a former Michigan high school student who said he was sexually assaulted by former assistant coach Brad Aldrich has been dismissed, a lawyer said on Monday.
Susan Loggans, who represents the former student, told The Associated Press that an order in the case was made last week in Cook County Circuit Court. She declined to comment on the dismissal or the order. The Blackhawks also declined to comment on Monday.
Earlier this month, the Blackhawks and former first-round pick Kyle Beach, who said he was sexually assaulted by Aldrich, reached a confidential settlement in yet another lawsuit.
After leaving the Blackhawks, Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth degree criminal sexual behavior involving a student and is now on that state’s sex offender registry, WBEZ reported in a series of articles based on legal documents, police records and interviews.
The former student Aldrich was convicted of assault filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks on May 26, claiming the Blackhawks provided positive references to Aldrich’s future employers despite allegations by at least one player and took no action to report the matter.
The lawsuit indicated the student was a hockey player at Houghton High School in 2013 when Aldrich sexually assaulted him at a season-ending rally.
Beach told investigators that Aldrich, a video coach at the time, threatened him with a souvenir baseball bat before sexually assaulting him.
Loggans also represented Beach in his lawsuit against the Blackhawks. Beach sued the team over how they handled their allegations of sexual assault by Aldrich. Beach alleged he was assaulted by Aldrich during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010. Aldrich told investigators the meeting was consensual.
An independent review, commissioned by the team and released in October, found the organization had mismanaged Beach’s allegations.
The fallout included senior executives who lost their jobs in Chicago and spread to other teams, including the Florida Panthers, including veteran coach Joel Quenneville – then Blackhawks coach – resigned. The NHL fined Chicago $ 2 million.