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Report: Blackhawks will release findings from internal investigation to the public

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An internal statement from CEO Danny Wirtz contained the pledge.

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There hasn’t been much communication coming from the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office since the team was named in multiple lawsuits with sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich.

Now, it appears that the organization will be going public with the results of an internal investigation that was announced last month.

According to Mark Lazerus of The Athletic, an internal memo from Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz made the pledge to release the findings of that investigation to the public once that investigation is completed.

Lazerus laid out the comments from Wirtz in a Twitter thread on Monday morning:

This announcement is an important step in the process, as explained by TSN reporter Rick Westhead, who’s been one of the journalists most heavily involved in reporting on this story since it emerged in mid-May:

Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks president of hockey operations and general manager, is scheduled to speak with the media on Monday afternoon in his first public comments since free agency opened last week, with much of the discussion likely focused on the news regarding Marc-Andre Fleury’s recent confirmation that he’ll be playing in Chicago next season. Bowman also met with the media just before the NHL Draft, saying that he’d be cooperating with the investigation but, at that time, there was no commitment to releasing the results of the investigation to the public:

Plenty of questions remain and many more are likely to emerge as the process plays out. But, for the first time since this all started, it appears that we may actually get some answers to what happened back in 2010.