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Chicago Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz addressed the team Wednesday morning after the findings of a sexual abuse investigation within the organization, leading to the resignation of general manager Stan Bowman, were released Tuesday. Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat supported moving on from Bowman. OPINION: Blackhawks sexual assault scandal yet another grim reminder of hockey’s culture problem. “It’s a big change , I think probably change that needed to happen ,” he told reporters Wednesday.

NEW YORK — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the league will not discipline Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, saying he is not responsible for the Chicago Blackhawks ' handling of sexual assault allegations against a former assistant coach. © Provided by The Canadian Press. The announcement comes after Cheveldayoff met with Bettman in New York to discuss whether Cheveldayoff had a role in the Blackhawks ' response to sexual assault allegations made by player Kyle Beach against Brad Aldrich during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup run. Load Error.

Chicago Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz addressed the team Wednesday morning after the findings of a sexual abuse investigation within the organization, leading to the resignation of general manager Stan Bowman, were released Tuesday.

Stan Bowman joined the Blackhawks in 2005. © Amr Alfiky, AP Stan Bowman joined the Blackhawks in 2005.

The team-commissioned investigation, conducted by the law firm Jenner & Block, discovered team leaders including Bowman, former coach Joel Quenneville (now coaching the Florida Panthers) and ex-assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff (now general manager of the Winnipeg Jets), did nothing when a player alleged then-video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will not be penalized by the NHL for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Cheveldayoff, now GM of the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday morning. He concluded based on that conversation and the team's investigation that Cheveldayoff was not responsible for what was decided at the time. Load Error.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL decided Friday not to discipline former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Cheveldayoff, now the GM of the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday morning. He concluded based on that conversation and the team's investigation that Cheveldayoff was not responsible for improper decisions made at the time.

Quenneville is set to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday and a meeting between Bettman and Cheveldayoff is being set up, according to ESPN, to discuss each of their roles in the case.

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Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat supported moving on from Bowman.

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"It's a big change, I think probably change that needed to happen," he told reporters Wednesday. "I understand why him and the Blackhawks had to part ways. I get it. My time with Stan, he's been nothing but great to me. But, like I said, I understand the reasoning. With everything that happened, it's probably a good thing that we parted ways."

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL decided Friday not to discipline former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Cheveldayoff, now the GM of the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday morning. He concluded based on that conversation and the team's investigation that Cheveldayoff was not responsible for improper decisions made at the time. Load Error.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks GM and president resigned after the release of an independent investigation into the team’s actions surrounding the 2010 sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich found that he — and others within the organization — attempted to keep it quiet. Although Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the two remaining holdovers from the 2010 team, remained silent on Wednesday, a few of their Blackhawks teammates offered comments ahead of their tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "It's probably a change that needed to happen .

Said defenseman Connor Murphy, according to ESPN: "It was a very sad day to see that release and to hear those stories. Your heart goes out to the victims. It's a very serious thing, that's very sad and tragic that happened."

The NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.”

DeBrincat said the organization addressed the situation with the players. He added that he's been treated with nothing but respect from the team in his time there.

"The overriding message was that 'the organization is here for you," coach Jeremy Colliton said.

Bowman became the Blackhawks general manager in 2009 and the team won three Stanley Cups during his tenure. He also resigned as general manager of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, nearly 100 days away from the Beijing Games.

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