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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