When the Chicago Blackhawks failed to report allegations of sexual abuse by one of their own coaches during their Stanley Cup run in 2010, they sent a message that winning is more important than anything else.
It's more important than the safety and well-being of their own players.
It's more important than preventing sexual assault.
It's more important than holding sexual predators accountable for their abhorrent actions and more important than holding those who enable the assault accountable for theirs as well.
The Blackhawks got one thing right by commissioning an independent investigation by Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block into the allegations in a lawsuit by one of their former players and a former Michigan high school player. The suit alleged that former video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted John Doe 1 during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup run, and John Doe 2 while he was a high school student in Aldrich's hometown of Houghton, Michigan.
Everything else, they got wrong.
The evidence was damning. It will have far-reaching effects throughout the NHL. Two dominoes already fell, with vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac and general manager Stan Bowman resigning so as not to be a "distraction" to the team moving forward.