Blackhawks call for Brad Aldrich’s name to be removed from Stanley Cup
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Rocky Wirtz, President of the Blackhawks sent a letter Hockey Hall of Fame President Lanny MacDonald calling for Brad Aldrich’s name to be removed from the Stanley Cup.
“Aldrich’s involvement with the team during the 2010 season shed some light on the extraordinary work the players did that year. The names of some of hockey’s most talented athletes appear on the Stanley Cup. a video coach made him eligible for burning, ”Wirtz wrote. “However, his conduct disqualified him and it was a mistake to submit his name. We are sorry we allowed this to happen.”
The request comes just days after the Blackhawks released a 107-page document that involved questioning 139 witnesses in a four-month independent investigation following a lawsuit filed by a former player in May 2021. May 2010 assault by Aldrich on Kyle Beach and the lack of investigation by the Blackhawks organization at that time.
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Who is Brad Aldrich?
Aldrich was hired in July 2008 and was a video coach with the Blackhawks during the team’s Stanley Cup season in 2010.
He left the organization that summer and continued to work and volunteer with USA Hockey, University of Notre Dame, University of Miami (OH) and Houghton High School. Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Houghton, Michigan of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct involving a college student. He was sentenced in 2014 to nine months in prison and five years of probation.
The former student, who played on the high school hockey team, is listed as John Doe 2 and is also suing the Blackhawks citing that they provided positive references to Aldrich.
According to the Associated Press, the University of Miami (OH) also opened an investigation in June. Aldrich was the director of hockey operations at the school, but resigned in 2012 “under suspicion of unwanted touching from an adult male. In September, the school released its findings and concluded that he sexually assaulted two men in the fall of 2012.
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Can a name be removed from the Stanley Cup?
Technically. After the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1984, owner Peter Pocklington included his father, Basil Pocklington, on the list of names to engrave. It was discovered after the fact that he had nothing to do with Oilers operations. Because it is etched in the silver, X’s have been placed on its name.
According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the NHL is the only one that can decide whether a name is withdrawn and expects the Hockey Hall of Fame to pass on the request.
Is the Stanley Cup still corrected?
There were also a number of errors. Some that have been left to the test of time include:
- 1941-42 Maple Leafs: Turk Broda also appears as Walter Broda
- 1950-51 Maple Leafs: Ted Kennedy spelled as Ted Kennedyy
- 1951-52 Red Wings: Alex Delvecchio’s last name is spelled Belvecchio
- 1962-63: MAPLE LEAES OF TORONTO
- 1971-72: BQSTQN BRUINS
- 1980-81: ILANDAIS FROM NEW YORK
And some were corrected like Adam Deadmarsh (listed as Deadmarch), which was the first name set in 1995-96. Hall of Fame goalie Jacques Plante appears on the Stanley Cup five times and each time his name is spelled differently.
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What was the response from the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Just hours after the Blackhawks’ letter was sent to MacDonald, Kelly Masse, director of corporate and media relations for the Hockey Hall of Fame, posted the following statement on Twitter:
HHOF President Lanny McDonald spoke today with NHL Bettman and Daly about the Blackhawks’ request to remove Aldrich’s name from the Cup. The parties agree that this request is appropriate and will have a more in-depth dialogue, including with the administrators of the Cup, on how best to make this request.
Where is the Stanley Cup now?
The irony is that the Stanley Cup is actually back in Canada for the 2021 Lightning Championship team to be etched in the sport’s biggest trophy. So in theory it wouldn’t be too difficult to remove the name immediately.
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