Gary Bettman meets Kyle Beach and offers to help

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Kyle Beach on Saturday to discuss what the league can improve to ensure Beach’s sexual abuse at the hands of former Chicago Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich, do not happen to future NHL players.

Bettman has also offered Beach and his family psychological help and other resources the league has. The commissioner expressed his “sincere regret” for what Beach went through, according to Beach lawyer Susan Loggans.

Gary Bettman offered to help the NHL with psychological services for Kyle Beach and his family. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Players’ association chief Donald Fehr held a separate video meeting with Beach about the league’s addiction and behavioral health program. The NHLPA board of directors has a call scheduled for Monday, with the Beach treatment expected to be a focal point.

Beach bravely introduced himself as John Doe on Wednesday to speak openly and publicly for the first time after being sexually assaulted by Aldrich in 2010. Aldrich was cleared to assume his responsibilities as the team’s video coach and to celebrate the Stanley Cup Championship later only. weeks after the incident and days after management failed to report allegations of abuse to human resources or the police.

Since Beach’s moving appearance in TSN’s interview with Rick Westhead, the sports world has showered him with praise for his bravery and called for changes in toxic hockey culture.

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