Teams Hoping to Contact Quenneville About Coaching Despite New Investigation

Published November 11, 2023 at 1:54 PM

Joel Quenneville resigned as head coach of the Florida Panthers after a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about his involvement in the Chicago Blackhawks' scandal case in October 2021.

The investigation, which were made public, revealed that Quenneville was aware of the situation with Kyle Beach, and took part in at least one meeting regarding his allegations from the 2010 postseason. Quenneville had previously said he only learned of the allegations in the summer of 2021 through the media.

Teams are interested in Quenneville according to this NHL insider

Elliotte Friedman notes in his most recent 32 Thoughts column that Quenneville has been on NHL teams' minds thinking about a coaching change, as several teams are considering their options. New details about the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks, however, are also surfacing, and they may completely destroy Quenneville's prospects of returning.

«I do believe some teams considering coaching changes would want to ask the NHL about Joel Quenneville's availability, but the new lawsuit regarding the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks (reported by the Chicago Tribune's Phillip Thompson) puts things on pause. I re-read the Jenner & Block Report, where this plaintiff was identified as «Black Ace 1,» to remember what was included. What everyone will be watching for is what, if any, new information is unveiled.»

New allegations against the Chicago Blackhawks from another John Doe in 2010

The new lawsuit put forward by a second John Doe who played with the Blackhawks during the 2009-2010 season in Cook County Circuit Court accuses the team of "negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress among other allegations", and seeks more than $300,000 in compensation.

The unnamed individual's attorney Antonio Romanucci said of his client:

«Certainly, having somebody like Kyle Beach, who was a known player, someone who was very well known, to come forward — that's what gave him the courage. People say, ‘Oh, this is a money grab' — it's not. I mean, ultimately, there will be hopefully some financial compensation for him. But there is no doubt that in these situations, people who have been abused sexually take time for them to come forward. And when they see that other people come forward, that gives them a path to follow.»

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Teams Hoping to Contact Quenneville About Coaching Despite New Investigation

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