Panthers Head Coach Joel Quennevile Steps Down After Involvement in Blackhawks Allegations
The Florida Panthers are off to a 7-0-0 start to the 2021-22 season, but Thursday’s loss didn’t come on the ice. Head Coach Joel Quenneville resigned after the latest reports in the Chicago Blackhawks scandal involving former player Kyle Beach in 2010. Beach reportedly suffered sexual assault by then-assistant Brad Aldrich while Quenneville coached the Blackhawks. Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, but Beach’s sexual assault incident was apparently neglected by Quenneville, who met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before stepping down.
Quenneville was one of six members of Blackhawks management who reportedly met to discuss the incident in 2010 before failing to report it. The Panthers have not yet named an interim head coach.
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