Rangers’ Jacob Trouba looking for answers from NHLPA regarding Blackhawks fiasco

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Mar 7, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba is looking for answers as to why Kyle Beach did not get help when he needed it most from the NHLPA.

With a 2010 sexual assault report and the aftermath of an internal explosion within the Chicago Blackhawks organization, players within the NHLPA have questions of multiple failures that left Beach unprotected and alone.

NHLPA conference call today

The NHLPA will have a conference call with all of the player representatives from the 32 teams. Trouba, 27, is the New York Rangers representative and will be on that conference call on Monday.

“I think guys want answers,” said defenseman Jacob Trouba to the New York Posts Mollie Walker. “I think players want to know what happened, where the shortcomings were with the PA. Obviously a lot of breakdowns in the situation on a lot of different parts.”

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Trouba on defense (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

The investigation of the assault dates back to the 2010 season when their video coach Brad Aldrich was accused of sexual assault. Beach has stated that he believes at least two people in the NHLPA knew of the situation after he reported it to them, but the NHLPA and leader Donald Fehr didn’t do anything.

NHLPA president Donald Fehr has admitted to “a serious failure” on the part of the union in the affair.

The shocking investigation has led to the resignation of Chicago GM Stan Bowman and Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville. Bowman has also stepped down as the GM of Team USA who will be participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Quenneville coached Chicago in 2010 with the team going on to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks have asked the Hockey Hall of Fame to have Aldrich’s name removed from the Stanley Cup.

Donald Fehr could be out today

National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr became the latest figure in the Chicago Blackhawks scandal to apologize to Kyle Beach, saying “I am truly sorry.”

Fehr issued a statement early Thursday morning, hours after Beach identified himself as the “John Doe” who levied sexual assault allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2010.

Beach was critical of Fehr by name during his interview with TSN.

“There is no doubt that the system failed to support him in his time of need, and we are part of that system,” Fehr said in the statement.

Today’s meeting will also be to discuss the future of the NHLPA’s head.

“According to the players’ association’s own constitution, the players do have the ability, if they want, to go into a private session,” Elliotte Friedman explained. “In that case, the executive board may continue its meeting in an executive session, and Donald Fehr would not be part of it. Twenty members constitutes a quorum, and if they decide to vote to remove him, they would need at least 18 yeses to do it.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this report

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