Kyle Beach 'We Stand With You'—Ice Hockey Hails 'John Doe' in Abuse Lawsuit

Members of the ice hockey community have expressed their support for Kyle Beach after he revealed that he was the John Doe named in a Chicago Blackhawks lawsuit relating to an alleged sexual assault in 2010.

The 31-year-old identified himself as the person in the lawsuit during an interview with TSN on Wednesday, which was followed by a statement of apology from the team for "what he has gone through."

Social media users took to Twitter to show solidarity with Beach and to praise him for his courage on Wednesday and also offered criticism of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Blackhawks.

Mark Lazerus, senior writer at The Athletic, shared his recent column where he discussed the fact Beach had apologized for not doing more with regard to allegations against the Blackhawks' former video coach, Brad Aldrich.

"Kyle Beach—John Doe—apologized. It's hard to fathom. It was gut-wrenching and agonizing and even infuriating to watch," Lazerus tweeted.

"It also showed more courage and humanity than any of the feckless men who failed him," he said.

Katie Strang, who is also a senior writer at The Athletic, retweeted Lazerus and wrote: "All of us in the hockey community talk a lot about character. Enough that it's become distorted, nebulous, hard to define."

"Tonight Kyle Beach showed us humanity, courage, empathy. He spoke up, even at potential great cost to himself, to help others," she wrote. "That's it. That's character."

All of us in the hockey community talk a lot about character. Enough that it's become distorted, nebulous, hard to define.

Tonight Kyle Beach showed us humanity, courage, empathy. He spoke up, even at potential great cost to himself, to help others.

That's it. That's character https://t.co/qY4vY1eZ1f

— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) October 28, 2021

Hayley Wickenheiser, former Canadian ice hockey player and four-time Olympic gold medalist, tweeted: "Kyle Beach you are a brave man. You have and will change hockey culture forever. Much respect."

Tara Slone, co-host of Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sportsnet, tweeted: "The Blackhawks betrayed Kyle Beach, a survivor of sexual assault, in 2010" and criticized the NHL.

In a subsequent tweet, Slone wrote: "Kyle Beach we stand with you."

Ice hockey player Igor Larionov II tweeted: "kyle beach is a hero. we stand with you."

NHL defenseman Connor Carrick wrote: "Kyle, I am sorry you had to go through this. I hope you sleep better than you have in 10 years tonight. I hope the support coming your way takes a noticeable dent out of the hurt you've carried alone. I am heartbroken for you. I remember rooting for you as a young fan."

Beach revealed that he was the John Doe in the lawsuit on Wednesday following the release of a report from an investigation that found that on May 8 or 9, 2010, there was a sexual encounter between an unidentified 20-year-old player who was part of the Blackhawks' minor league affiliate team and Aldrich at the coach's apartment.

Aldrich said the encounter was consensual, while the player said it was sexual assault. Beach said that he was the player in the report.

Beach told TSN that he had "just a great feeling of relief and vindication, and it was no longer my word against everybody else's."

"The details were pretty accurate in the report, and it's been figured out," Beach said. "But more than that, I've been a survivor, I am a survivor. And I know I'm not alone. I know I'm not the only one, male or female. And I buried this for 10 years, 11 years. And it's destroyed me from the inside out."

The NHL fined the Blackhawks $2 million for "inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response" and the team issued a statement expressing "our deepest apologies to him for what he has gone through."

A Worker Adjusts a Chicago Blackhawks Banner
A worker adjusts a Chicago Blackhawks banner alongside the Chicago River in the Loop on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Members of the hockey community have expressed solidarity with former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach after he revealed he was the John Doe in a lawsuit about an alleged sexual assault in 2010. Scott Olson/Getty Images