Chicago Blackhawks, equal parts heinous and incompetent, are our No. 4 IDIOT OF THE YEAR

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Welcome to Deadspin IDIOT OF THE YEAR parties! Numbers 50 to 11 are available for you to enjoy here. And our top 10 so far:

10. Thom Brennaman

9. Ted Cruz

8. Rob Manfred

7. Kyrie Irving

6. Sage Steele

5. Urban Meyer

4. Chicago Blackhawks


It takes a lot for a hockey organization to be more idiotic than that Montreal Canadiens, who knowingly drafted Logan Maillot convicted of sex offenses and apparently can’t find anyone capable of giving rudimentary language advice in French.

But the Chicago hockey team is up to the task. The club with the racist logo and the name of the team covered a sexual abuse scandal involving video coach Brad Aldrich during a Stanley Cup run in 2011, with coach Joel Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman deciding that sport was more important. The franchise anything but doxxed the victim after the publication of the results of his investigation.

As Deadspin’s Jesse Spector so eloquently put it:

Not that Quenneville and (former GM assistant Ken) Cheveldayoff shouldn’t go down for this – they should. It’s just that the Chicago series should have been razed for it, and the salty earth where the United Center once stood.

Kyle Beach bravely came forward to say he was a victim. While most of the players on the team denied knowing the situation, stories of players insulting Beach set that lie explode. The team, of course, did what NHL teams do, which is to try to make these things go away while blaming the victims. Beach, a former first-round pick, never made an NHL game. Aldrich was able to land a job as a youth coach as well attacked a child. All this in the name of winning hockey games. Aldrich even had a day with the Stanley Cup!

Quenneville has fallen, and so has Bowman. Cheveldayoff is still the GM of the Winnipeg Jets. Jonathan Toews, still team captain and ever problematic superstar Patrick Kane (with his previous sexual assault allegations) he came out to defend Bowman and Quenneville and team officials.

Given Kane’s past allegations, his comment that Bowman “did a lot for me” seems troubling at best:

“I knew Stan very well. I knew him as a great man. He has done a lot for me personally, coming to the league and over the course of my career, I’m sure he would have handled things a little differently nowadays. “

Damn.

It doesn’t end with the Chicago hockey team, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA president Donald Fehr also seem complicit in trying to make the whole thing go away.

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