Blackhawks Request Brad Aldrich’s Name Be Removed From Stanley Cup

Emily Kaplan of ESPN reported Friday morning that Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz has formally requested that Brad Aldrich’s name be removed from the Stanley Cup.

Aldrich’s name being included is disgusting in the first place. The list of names the organization requested to include should never have included him considering what we now know about his actions and who knew what he had done at the time the list was given for engraving.

Now, Wirtz is asking — rightfully — that Aldrich’s name be removed from the record.

Unfortunately for Rocky and Danny Wirtz, history cannot be erased as easily. And the stain on that championship — and the subsequent years — will remain forever.

23 thoughts on “Blackhawks Request Brad Aldrich’s Name Be Removed From Stanley Cup

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    How come they are doing these things after people have pointed it out to them?? Are they still that clueless??? What about pinhead Gary Bettman??? He didn’t even warrant a investigation and still outside of a quote when Q resigned, he himself has taken no responsibility for his inactivity, and I doubt even the Olympic Committee would have done anything either until StanBo resigned. Don Fehr??? just a quote about they failed Kyle Beach. ZIP. They want to bury this but they cannot now. Now its backtracking and after the fact hollow quotes.

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:25 am
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    People in the hockey community realize that it’s all about money ! The almighty dollar ! Big shots trying to sweep it under the rink ! More fancy suits ,big cars and houses ! All these people involved are guilty ! Pay up ! POPS 4

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:40 am
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    It’s all performative BS. His name along with those that buried what was done should all have their names removed.

    Why did Rocky write the letter and not Danny, I guess they want Rocky to look good in doing the “right thing”

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:56 am
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    As bad as I felt yesterday, I feel even worse today. I keep thinking what the final resolve might be over this season and the next. How will the fans react, old and new? Will the Wirtz’s ever regain the fans trust? Will a new hockey management team make the difference in the fans eyes ? Will Toews and Kane keep their standing in the eyes of the fans after their comments about Bowman?

    It’s a different problem than just having a crappy hockey club. You can always rebuild, make trades, etc. to work out of it organizationally to get out of the hole. This just has a completely different feel and it’s very disturbing.

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:56 am
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    If I am the Commissioner of the NHL, I would want to know definitively when Rocky Wirtz found out about these allegations and what he immediately did about them. This whole thing reeks from the top down. The NHL should be pushing for Rocky Wirtz to sell the team. Similar was done with the Losangeles Clippers in the NBA.

  • October 29, 2021 at 10:01 am
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    This is all such a complete, disgusting mess.
    One could argue that in addition to Aldrich’s name, others should be removed as well.
    A lot of culpable peoples’ names are engraved on there.

    It’s a difficult situation, because where do they stop. This is so far reaching.

    Toews and Kane are still with the organization and saying unfortunate things, albeit I do believe that they are in a difficult position.

    I’d be interested in hearing Brian Campbell’s take on this situation. He’s still with the organization. He was definitely around then. He’s considered an all around good guy. But he’s a guy who had to know something.

    It’s even worse in that people who Kyle Beach praised, such as Brent Sopel, Nick Boynton, and John Torchetti …… they are getting hit for what they didn’t do in the interim between the incident and the outcomes we’re seeing these past few days. These are difficult questions that all will have to answer to, and deal with, with a multitude of different opinions on just how “bad” that they acted.

    The ugliness of this horrible situation will continue to impact many lives for some time. And it’s a pivotal moment because it’s another instance where a shift could and should be made in how people genuinely respect others in the sports “workplace” and outside of it as well.

  • October 29, 2021 at 10:02 am
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    Whoever advised and collaborated on the Toews and Kane press releases yesterday should have suggested something much different. Both of their legacies will forever be tarnished. Was it worth it to stay friends with Quenneville and Bowman? We will see.

  • October 29, 2021 at 10:16 am
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    Toews talking about what Bowman lost through this is nothing compared to what Kyle has lost. He should be traded at once if he agrees to it.

  • October 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm
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    I am certainly glad the perpetrator’s name will be removed from the Cup, but “better late than never” does not apply here. I am befuddled over how this abuser’s name ever was allowed to be engraved on the Stanley Cup since team officials knew about the allegations and actually released him from employment. What a rotten organization that masqueraded for years as a model for others. I have been a Hawks fan since 1965 but, presently, am ashamed of the club. I still watch Hawks games even though the team is pathetic and the integrity of the club is in shambles. However, woodenheaded statements made by people like Toews and lies followed by contrite apologies by Coach Q when confronted by probable termination remind me of how little we really know about the moral values of public figures. I value the memories of the three Cup years but those moments count for very little when compared to the pain and suffering created by the leadership of the Hawks who placed their “One Goal” motto above the safety, health, and welfare of innocent victims. Shame on you Hawks leaders, you have a great deal to repent over but no matter what you do, unlike what our fading current captain might say, you are complicit in the horrific behavior your former coach engaged in.

  • October 29, 2021 at 1:46 pm
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    Andrew Ladd was interviewed by Schar for the report and says he didn’t hear anything at the time about the assault – so added to T and K and Keith maybe we should believe them – there’s no evidence that they knew – there’s only assumptions from Sopel and Boynton even from Beach that everyone knew – did any of them talk to any of the above players about it? or said anything about it where they were sure they heard by those 4 players

    I’m all for justice and everyone so far has deserved their fates but I’m not in favour of judging people as guilty without evidence

    We believe everything about the report why shouldn’t we believe that Rocky also knew nothing?

    Is Reid Schar really protecting Rocky when he knows that Rocky knew? – I highly doubt it

    If McD told Rocky why wouldn’t he tell Schar that he did – that would take some of the heat off himself

    It seems very plausible to me that McD kept a lid on it because he knew he was violating the Hawks own policies on how to handle such matters by waiting 3 weeks – what if Rocky didn’t agree with McD’s handling of it? so better from McD’s POV to say nothing to Rocky

    In the absence of evidence I am inclined to believe the report that Rocky didn’t know at the time or did the 4 players above

  • October 29, 2021 at 1:54 pm
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    I choose to believe Kyle Beech and those that came forward before the report came out. I know it’s not the legal or even Civil suit standard but Rocky and all others involved are going to have to prove their innocence or ignorance in this mess. Take your pick.

  • October 29, 2021 at 2:10 pm
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    In the present,get a hockey operations president,G.M. and entire new coaching staff in here as soon as possible. Dale Hunter =President Jeff Gorton =General Manager and Rick Tochet= Head Coach. Meet with both Toews and Kane to discuss waiving their no trade with a list of their teams. Move On Fleury,going to have to eat half salary. Move Dehaan,Strome,Nylander, immediately. Dach,Debrincat, Seth Jones Reichel,and Hagel are going to be the start of your team. Letting the remainder of this year drift away without accomplishing those things is wasting time. Start the rebuild now.

  • October 29, 2021 at 2:15 pm
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    I will side with Wraps’ comment about believing the investigation report. The legal ramifications of intentional falsehoods in that report could bring about civil suits amongst a lot of people with a lot of money. So believe what you need to believe.

    Unfortunately, it is chic right now to come up with the craziest conspiracy theory anyone can imagine, though I haven’t seen reports that Rocky drinks the blood of failed draft picks. Yet. So there will continue to be people picking and choosing the “story” that fits their needs.

    I’ll go on the record siding with the report being done with integrity. Call me crazy. I can live with it.

    On a different note – does anyone know if Kane made the trip out east for tonight’s game? His status for the game?

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm
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    Lazerus reported that there was no sight of Kane at the morning skate or even in Raleigh for tonight’s game. He is still on the COVID List with Stillman,Borgstrom,Khaira,and Stillman.

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm
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    Stained is an extreme understatement
    how about John Mcdonogh seems like hes getting away scottfree
    when he was the one shoveling the hardest

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:25 pm
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    Ice Hogs coach 2010
    Andrew Shaw tv gig
    Name
    88
    Continued C -19

    None of this is a good look.

    Forced sale necessary.

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm
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    Ice Hogs coach in 2010
    Andrew Shaw tv gig
    Name
    88
    Continued C -19
    Marc Crawford

    None of this is a good look.

    Forced sale necessary.

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:36 pm
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    I don’t see how Rocky and Bettman didn’t know, especially since Fehr was told. At the minimum you think he might’ve mentioned to Bettman that the possible Stanley Cup winning team might have a sexual assault problem?

    Sure it’s all speculation but did Reid Shar try to find that out. Remember it’s the Hawks that paid for the investigation and Rocky comes out clean, the NHLPA was only a footnote and nothing about the NHL at all.

    Why didn’t Rocky do the whole investigation interview? Why did Danny do it all?

    Toews, Kane, Keith, Ladd said they knew nothing
    Boynton, Sopel, LaLonde, Beach all said everyone knew.

    I don’t believe the report answered every question and every possibility, but that just me.

  • October 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm
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    Any player saying they did not know is a flat out liar….period…..the wirtz family knew as well….period….the NHL knew as well… Period !!

  • October 29, 2021 at 5:24 pm
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    Brent Sopel just put out a public statement saying strongly that he believes that Rocky had no knowledge of the allegations at the time and commending Rocky for how he’s handled things this far

    So I guess Sopel and me are on the same page as far as Rocky goes

    Fehr did nothing after being informed and that seems to include not telling the NHL or Rocky

    The flow of information upwards seems to have stopped with McD and to a lesser extent with Fehr

    On a different note has anyone read in the report if players who taunted Beach afterwards with homophobic slurs have been identified? I haven’t seen that but also have only read portions of the report

  • October 29, 2021 at 7:28 pm
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    What about the senior special advisor to the blackhawks at that time?
    Scotty Bowman.
    What did he know?

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm
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    Until Rocky and the players are found to be guilty, I will presume they are innocent. They do not have to “prove their innocence.”

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