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Stan Bowman steps down as GM for U.S. men's national team amid Blackhawks scandal

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After stepping aside from his role as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Stan Bowman did the same with the U.S. men's national hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

These two moves come as a result of the findings from an investigation into allegations that Blackhawks management failed to act promptly and appropriately after a sexual-assault incident between a member of the coaching staff and a player during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup championship run.

The investigation revealed that Bowman, along with former president John McDonough, current senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIssac, then-coach Joel Quenneville, ex-assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, and former executive vice president Jay Blunk all met to discuss sexual-assault allegations against former video coach Bradley Aldrich after being informed internally. The organization failed to act on the claims until three weeks later when McDonough reported the issue to human resources.

Stan Bowman has stepped aside as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and the U.S. men's hockey team. (Getty)
Stan Bowman has stepped aside as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and the U.S. men's hockey team. (Getty)

McDonough's reporting of the incident didn't occur until after the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup, and it was also noted in the investigation that another incident involving Aldrich occurred within the three weeks it took for the initial discussion to be reported.

Along with Bowman, MacIssac has also stepped down from his position, as well as other management members of the organization who were part of the 2010 squad. 

Quenneville is currently the head coach of the Florida Panthers and Cheveldayoff is the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets. There has been no announced change to their respective statuses in relation to the investigation.

The U.S. men's national hockey team may be searching for an assistant general manager, too. The person currently occupying that role, Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport after his alleged role in a sexual assault cover-up.

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