| October 30, 2021, 10:58 PM
October 30, 2021, 10:58 PM
While a request to remove the name of disgraced former video coach Brad Aldrich from the Stanley Cup has already been made, there are no plans — at this time — to remove other names of individuals involved with the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal.
“There’s a process underway initiated by the Chicago Blackhawks to remove the name of Brad Aldrich from the Stanley Cup,” Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek explained during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “What I can tell you is, as of right now, there are no plans to remove any other names. Now I’m not saying that that might not change at a future date. But as of right now there are no plans to do so.”
In a letter addressed to Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz wrote that Aldrich’s conduct disqualifies him from being included on the Cup, and the team made a mistake by submitting his name.
“I am humbly requesting that the Hockey Hall of Fame consider ‘x-ing’ out his name on the Stanley Cup,” Wirtz wrote. “While nothing can undo what he did, leaving his name on the most prestigious trophy in sports seems profoundly wrong.”
The Hall of Fame cannot physically remove a name from the Stanley Cup, but it can decide to engrave a series of X’s to cover it up. Both the NHL and Hall of Fame agreed that covering up Aldrich’s name is the appropriate action.
“Hockey Hall of Fame Chair, Lanny McDonald, spoke with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today regarding the request from the Chicago Blackhawks to have Brad Aldrich’s name removed from the Stanley Cup,” The Hockey Hall of Fame said in a statement.
“The parties agree that this request is appropriate and that they will have further dialogue, including with the Stanley Cup trustees, on how best to effectuate this request.”