Listen: How Do We Reconcile The Blackhawks’ Legacies Now?

It’s been a long week for the Chicago Blackhawks organization. The longest week in the history of the franchise. Damning information has been released, executives “resigned,” and legacies are permanently tarnished. Because those with power allowed a young man’s life to be ruined, and did nothing to help — or stop it from happening again (which it did).

How do we feel about the Blackhawks now? What should happen to Joel Quenneville or Kevin Cheveldayoff? And how do fans view the organization’s history in light of these revelations?

On this week’s episode of That Hockey Show, Tab and Paul went in on the matters of the day. Note: this week’s episode is rated explicit because we pulled no punches with how we feel.

20 thoughts on “Listen: How Do We Reconcile The Blackhawks’ Legacies Now?

  • October 28, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Great Podcast Tab!!!

    The “organization” got spared in the report, only the principles, McIssac, McD, Stan got hammered. Q, Chevy were noted, but again the organization didn’t get jack….What isn’t mentioned at all is that the Aldrich name carries a lot of weight in the the Hockey World, that’s partly how BA was enabled to do what he did.

    Danny even thanked Stan for his service and said he made a “mistake” please.

    Toews and Kane should’ve just stuck to how bad they feel for Kyle, after that everything they said was
    organization programming that presides in the whole Hockey World and shouldn’t been said, full stop!

    One question for everyone, was Davidson the “intern” that Aldrich tried to assault after he had assaulted Kyle. He was an “intern” at the time, he was 22 years old. The dots connect.

    “Davidson began his career with the Blackhawks as a Hockey Operations Intern in 2010 and was promoted to a full-time role as a Hockey Analytics/Video Analyst the next season. He was promoted again in the summer of 2011 to Hockey Administration Coordinator, elevated to Hockey Operations Manager in 2015, then to Senior Manager of Hockey Operations in 2017 before becoming Assistant to the General Manager in 2018.”

  • October 28, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    No kidding about no punches being pulled. That was from the heart right there. “Hopefully” is the key word with this but I’ll hold my breath because somehow I feel in time that this too will fade away. I understand the quandary in dealing with Q. I too can understand the hyper focus of a coach when he/she is in a position to reach the top of the pinnacle in their sport. But as a former coach myself in a another sport if I found out something even remotely took place with any of my “kids”, it would have been dealt with in a heartbeat. It would have been “Stop right there”. THREE WEEKS he was allowed to remain in that position, after the fact and then he got to parade around with the Stanley Cup. Totally mind blowing, also to the facts that the NHLPA, the Olympic Team, Safe Sport and Gary Bettman did totally ZIP like nothing happened.

  • October 28, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Kyle Beach tweeted out today. My battle is really just beginning as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court. Also on That’s Hockey Pierre Lebrun stated that as of yet the Hawks have not petitioned the league to remove Aldridge’s name from the cup. It just keeps getting worse for this organization

  • October 28, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    This organization deserves to pay more than just a $2mil wrist slap. They should be kicked out of the league for a year, or more. Let it go broke. Find new ownership. I can’t sit back and talk hockey after learning about this. There has to be accountability for allowing a young man’s life to be ruined, and covering it up for ten years. And not just Kyle Beach, but the other kids Aldrich preyed upon when the Hawks let him slide, and even gave him a job recommendation. This is pathetic.

  • October 28, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Bobby 9: I have no idea what the Organization is thinking at this time. Say one thing and do another. Haven’t seen squat also on the supposed Bettman-Q meeting.

  • October 28, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Quenville out …latest news according to Renaud Lavoie

  • October 28, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Quenville out according To Kevin Weekes ouppsss ..maybe it’s true ..I hope it’s over and they will all pay for their bad move.

  • October 28, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Hawks should go get Patrick Roy in Quebec to replace Bowman

  • October 28, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Appears Andrew Brunette as interim according to The Athletic

  • October 28, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Well, it’s time to pay up and admit your guilt ! A lot of people with the Hawks are guilty ! All people who have played sports know this goes on ! So, the Hawks have to pay up as well as NHLPA and in the next few weeks we will all be shocked as we find out who knew about what went on ! Everyone has too look at the the success Kyle had in Junior hockey playing for the silver tips and Spokane and then being a First round pick and then look at what happened to his point totals in the A with Rockford ! It’s not rocket science to put 2 and 2 together ! Something happened and it was bothering him ! Disgusting ! Shame on all who were involved ! So ,pay up ! POPS 4

  • October 28, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Hopefully Donald Fehr mans up and resigns as well

    Not sure if that fate will fall on Chevy – I’d say 50/50 on his survival chances

  • October 29, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Players appear pretty quiet about Fehr. Maybe they wait until CBA time to ask him to go. Does anyone have access to their contract with him, and potential out-clauses? Kyle indicated he had tried to go through the PA path too, and it failed. I just don’t see how Fehr gets out of this.

    But money is still money. Players are mostly millionaires thanks to him. I hope they apply the same rules to him that Bettman did/is doing to Hawks management. Would be really sad if Bettman is the only one in leadership position to do the right thing.

    With the excuses made for Bowman by the current Hawks players (thinking mostly Captain JT here), I gotta think this could be an excused error on Fehr’s part.

  • October 29, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Tab I don’t know the answer to that very complex question but my ability to worry about things like scores, draft picks and standings has shifted dramatically. Life is about how ‘we’ treat others and relationships-the relationship I have with this team can’t be the same right now.

    I get tired of people being offended by everything, I really do-but this offends me to my core.

  • October 29, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Spot on Noonan.

  • October 29, 2021 at 10:36 am

    When it comes to Toews…..

    So strip that “C.”

    If it’s left there, know for what it really stands: complicit, corrupt, compromised.

    Or coward.

    PERIOD !!!

  • October 29, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Tab – thanks for the podcast. I really appreciated your thoughts. I hate this situation. It’s the millionth illustration that people in power will usually do the wrong thing when their power is threatened. Others who know ‘something’ will look for someone else to be courageous. A reminder for all of us who lead or supervise others, whatever the context. Humility and a sober view of oneself is the kind of character needed. Coverups usually get uncovered.

  • October 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Bettman says Chevy not guilty. No penalty for him.

  • October 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Tab – I was a bit surprised to hear you giving Q any rope at all. Yes, McDonough told him to take care of hockey and maybe that part can be forgiven. It does appear that Q lied about not knowing as recently as this July and that letter of recommendation that he wrote for Aldrich is absolutely devastating. He knowingly released a predator to do what predators do elsewhere. There was no other possible outcome than to lose his job and I agree with you that the Hall of Fame now has to be off limits for him.

  • October 30, 2021 at 3:20 am

    Noonan, home run! Take a bow sir.

    This is definitely ugly
    I’ve actually softened a bit since the news broke. I attribute that to reading some media types just being too holy while directly attacking individuals by name. Some went too far I felt.

    This was a very unique dynamic that was in play. It isn’t realistic to expect that it would play out neatly as we all now think it should have . If only someone would’ve acted.
    I think Stans comments could very well be spot on… I do have some empathy for those who are getting sent packing. Somebody needed to do the right thing, and if McD sat on his hands, then he is the guy who looks the worst to me. If they all knew, its he that wilted the most. I haven’t missed him a bit since his exit.

    Donald Fehr bears some responsibility. He should move into retirement asap

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