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Before we get to the links ... late Thursday afternoon, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times tweeted that amended versions of existing lawsuits have been filed against the Blackhawks containing sexual assault allegations. These amended versions contain more numerous — and more graphic — details of the allegations. Content warning: some of the links referenced in this section contain details which may be disturbing to some readers.
The Twitter thread from Pope includes multiple screenshots from the lawsuit with some distressing allegations. Pope also wrote a lengthy article from the Sun-Times that has some details, as does this article from the Tribune. Details also exist in this article from The Athletic. There’s also this Sun-Times article summarizing Stan Bowman’s first media interview since the allegations were made known in May.
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Blackhawks head scout Mark Kelley breaks down the NHL draft big board (The Athletic)
Ten key questions facing the Blackhawks as the legal process plays out (The Athletic)
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Blackhawks “excited about the quality” of possible 12th overall picks at 2021 NHL Draft (Sun-Times)
Shea Weber out next season, career in doubt (NHL)
Karken Expansion Draft pick-by-pick (NHL)
Yannick Weber retires from NHL (NHL)
Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out as gay (Outsports)
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Rangers acquire right to Barclay Goodrow from Tampa; Howden traded to Vegas (Blueshirt Banter)
Miro Hieskanen signs long-term contract extension (Defending Big D)
Maple Leafs trade Filip Hallander for Jared McCann (Pension Plan Puppets)
Report: NHL schedule to pause in February for Winter Olympics, but participation not yet certain (Sun-Times)
Why the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks changed their logo (The Athletic)
How Brent Sopel is opening doors for fellow former hockey players (ESPN)
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