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Kyle Beach identifies himself as ‘John Doe’ from Blackhawks internal investigation

The 2008 first-round pick spoke to TSN in an interview that was posted online on Wednesday.

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For the first time, Kyle Beach has stepped forward publicly as the player identified as “John Doe” in the internal investigation unveiled by the team on Tuesday — the player who made the sexual assault allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich.

Beach was a first-round pick (11th overall) of the Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Draft after starring with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He current plays pro hockey in Germany.

As far as everything else, the headline speaks for itself and we’re not going to speak for Beach nor are we going to share any text of the conversation here. The embedded tweet below from TSN contains a link to the video.

With it comes a very, very strong content warning, as several portions of it are extremely difficult to watch and to hear. It is 26 minutes long but it is worth the time for a full understanding of what effect this entire situation has had on Beach as a person first and, also, as a hockey player.

The Blackhawks have released a statement which is available here.