Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane says he was unaware of sexual assault allegations

Patrick Kane, in his first public comments since two lawsuits were filed against the Blackhawks related to an alleged sexual assault by video coach Brad Aldrich in May 2010, said he has participated in the Jenner & Block investigation commissioned by the Blackhawks.

“Yes, I have participated,” he said Friday at the NHL’s Player Media Tour in Chicago. “Obviously (they’re) very serious allegations and everyone knows that.”

Kane said he didn’t know anything at the time — that Aldrich allegedly sexually assaulted a Blackhawks player, and that the Blackhawks chose not to report the allegations. Aldrich was convicted of sexual assault of a minor in Houghton, Mich., when he was a volunteer assistant coach there.

Kane also said that he doesn’t remember any homophobic bullying of the player, which the amended complaint says carried on for years.

“Yeah, I didn’t see any of that, but (it’s) obviously disturbing,” he said. “You never want to hear that type of stuff. I feel for (someone making) those types of allegations and hopefully it didn’t affect the player too much. But I’m sure when you’re hearing that type of stuff, obviously it could affect you deep down. But like I said, I don’t really remember hearing that or seeing that on the ice.”

As for the Jenner & Block investigation, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has been getting periodic reports about where things stand. Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz has pledged to make the findings of the investigation public when it’s completed.

“There’s really nothing material that I have to report,” Daly said.

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