Kyle Beach identifies as John Doe in the Chicago Blackhawks scandal

Kyle Beach identified himself as one of the victims by claiming he was sexually assaulted by a former Chicago Blackhawks video coach.

Beach, who has been identified as John Doe in legal documents, revealed his identity in an interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead Wednesday night.

“I suppressed this memory and buried this memory to pursue my dreams and pursue the career I loved and the game I love in hockey,” said Beach. “And the healing process has just begun and yesterday was a huge step in that process. But until recently, I didn’t talk about it, I didn’t discuss it, I didn’t think about it. And now that I’m starting to heal, I begin to watch. back and it definitely impacted my life. I did stupid things, I took action, I snapped … I did things I never could have imagined doing. I relied on alcohol, I relied on drugs and. .. I am just so relieved by the news that came out yesterday that I have been avenged and I can really begin the healing process. “

An independent review was revealed on Tuesday in response to two lawsuits filed against the franchise. Lawsuits allege former video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted a player during the Blackhawks’ run at the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Seeing Aldrich stay with the team during Cup celebrations after the incident was reported was particularly difficult for Beach to accept.

“The only way I could describe it was that I felt sick, I felt sick in my stomach,” she said. “It was as if his life was the same as the day before. Every day the same. And then when they won, seeing him parading around to lift the Cup, at the parade, at the team photos, at the celebrations, made me feel like if nothing. It made me feel like I didn’t exist. It made me feel like I wasn’t important and … it made me feel like he was right and I was wrong. “

31-year-old Beach was a member of the Blackhawks’ AHL branch in 2010 and was called up to skate with the NHL team. The Kelowna, BC native was chosen in the first round (11th overall) of the Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Draft.

The striker stayed with Rockford throughout the first part of the 2013-14 season before going to Sweden to play. He never dressed for the Blackhawks in a regular season or playoff game.

Previously, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Blackhawks will begin settlement talks with Susan Loggans, the attorney representing Beach, next week.

The Blackhawks filed documents to file two lawsuits on Wednesday, but the team told the … Sun-Times he was simply following legal protocol.

More on the way.

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