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'We all failed Kyle Beach': NHLers, athletes speak out about Blackhawks sexual-abuse scandal

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Kyle Beach's bravery continues to reverberate through the entire world of sports.

After Beach came forward as "John Doe" in the sexual-abuse case against the Chicago Blackhawks — in a raw and heartbreaking interview with TSN's Rick Westhead — hockey fans and media members immediately voiced their support and urged for a change of culture in the NHL.

Kyle Beach as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kyle Beach as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The effects keep pouring through. On Thursday, Joel Quenneville, who coached the Blackhawks at the time of the alleged incident involving former video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010, handed his resignation from the Florida Panthers after a report made clear he knew about the assault allegations and didn't take immediate action.

Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who was Chicago's assistant GM at the time, has a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday to discuss his own participation in the coverup.

Now, other NHLers and athletes are starting to voice their opinions as well.

"This is a game that's a little bit of a, I guess what you would call an old-boys club," said Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall. "There's definitely some secrecy and things that need to change. And hopefully they can. You never want to think of an incident like this, you know, positives coming from it, because it's been so terrible. But there needs to be changes and, unfortunately, people need to be held accountable."

USA gymnast Aly Raisman, herself a survivor of sexual abuse in an athletic environment, took to Twitter to commend Beach for his resilience.

From Marie-Philip Poulin to Robin Lehner, several other athletes joined in.

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