Who is Kyle Beach, the ‘John Doe’ in the Chicago Blackhawks sex abuse scandal?

Kyle Beach came out as the John Doe at the center of the Chicago Blackhawks sex abuse scandal on Wednesday with a clear message to send: “You are not alone.”

In an interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead on Sportscentre, Beach identified himself a day after the Blackhawks released the findings of a damning investigation into the internal handling of the sexual assault allegations against former video coach Bradley Aldrich.

“I am a survivor,” Beach said. “I buried this for ten years, eleven years, and it has destroyed me from the inside out and I want everyone to know, in the world of sports and in the world, that you are not alone.”

Here’s what you need to know about Beach and his hockey career:

  • Beach is a Canadian professional hockey player, originally from North Vancouver.

  • The forward was selected in 2008 in the first round, eleventh overall, by the Blackhawks.
  • He began playing junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, where he won the rookie of the year award, playing for the Everett Silvertips.
  • He made his professional debut in the 2008-09 season with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks’ affiliate in the American Hockey League.
  • In his 14-year career, Beach has played with various teams in the European and North American hockey leagues.
  • His best offensive season came in 2015-16, when he scored 30 goals and 15 assists in 54 games while playing for Graz EC in the ICE Hockey League in Austria.
  • The 31-year-old is currently signed to a team in the Oberliga, a German ice hockey league.

With files from Kieran Leavitt and Kevin McGran


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