The U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating USA Hockey president Jim Smith's handling of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against a youth coach, The Athletic's Katie Strang reports.
Smith is being investigated for turning a blind eye when Tom "Chico" Adrahtas, a Chicago-area coach, allegedly sexually abused multiple junior players - specifically in the 1980s. Smith held various positions with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) during this time, including president from 1985-88.
A former owner of one of the clubs that Adrahtas coached says he told Smith in 1989 that he believed Adrahtas was committing sexual abuse. A former AHAI board member said they believe Smith was aware of concerns about Adrahtas' behavior. Multiple others agreed, according to Strang.
"The U.S. Center for SafeSport has advised us they have taken jurisdiction and are investigating allegations that people within the AHAI, including Jim Smith, were aware of sexual misconduct by Thomas Adrahtas and did not take action," USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher told Strang via a spokesperson.
Smith denied these allegations earlier this May.