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Judge Makes Major Ruling On Blackhawks Request To Throw Out Lawsuit

Published March 25, 2024 at 10:08 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
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Amid ongoing legal battles, a US federal judge has dealt a blow to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The team's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former player, alleging assault by a former video coach 15 years ago, was rejected. The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 2, 2023, identified the plaintiff as "John Doe."


This legal action follows the settlement with Kyle Beach, who sued for similar reasons. Despite the Blackhawks' attempt to dismiss the case based on elapsed time, the judge sided with the player's attorney, citing new information.


Rick Westhead from TSN shed light on the situation, noting the challenge posed by the statute of limitations and the player's recent revelations about Blackhawks officials' actions in 2010. The lawsuit's timeline remains uncertain, with a potential trial not expected until 2026. In the interim, the player's legal team plans to subpoena Kyle Beach, anticipating his testimony on the pervasive nature of the issue.

Adding to the turmoil, a second player has come forward. This player served as a "Black Ace" during the 2009-10 season, a term referring to additional roster players available in case of need. Their lawsuit adds another layer to the Blackhawks' ongoing legal saga.

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