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‘Uncomfortable and scared’: Abuse allegations inside the USA Hockey sled program

Post by greybeard58 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:26 pm

‘Uncomfortable and scared’: Abuse allegations inside the USA Hockey sled program

Madison Eberhard grew up in hockey rinks, shivering on weekends in Getzville, N.Y., as she watched her older brother and her father play. It wasn’t until she was 8 years old, when she attended a charity game and saw her first sled hockey player, that it occurred to her that she, too, could participate.

Eberhard was born with Larsen Syndrome, a congenital disorder that limits the use of her legs. By 8, it became difficult for her to continue playing the sports she loved. In T-ball, she was having trouble keeping up with her peers.

So when she became aware of sled hockey – an adaptive version of the sport in which players use sleds to move up and down the ice – it was a revelation. And when she first strapped into a sled and careened down the ice, navigating with her hips and watching the puck carom swiftly among teammates, she found her passion.

Eberhard joined a local sled hockey program in Buffalo, where she was the only female, and...

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Maddy Eberhard: "After much thought and consideration I have decided to speak publicly about a very dark time in my life. Thank you Katie for working on this article and allowing me to share my story. Sexual harassment within sports needs to end here.” ... 6102339585

Katie Strang: "The first time I talked to Maddy I was struck by her sheer strength and resilience. Only more so now that she has stepped forward publicly. Imagine how much d&%# courage this takes."

"Would also like to point out the contributions of her teammates and her friends, who also chose to speak out publicly, despite the possibility of retribution. They did so because they love and support Maddy and wanted to rally around her. That takes guts.” ... 4445357059

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Dr. Courtney Szto, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University: "THIS IS SO ENRAGING!”
Excerpt from article: “That male player, who is now 20, has long been considered a promising player at the national level. He was suspended for nearly a year from USA Hockey-sanctioned activities based on a “preponderance of evidence” that he violet policies by “engaging in sexual misconduct,” according to the SafeSport summary of decision. But documents obtained by The Athletic show that SafeSport granted him a three-day exception during his suspension so that he could try out for the men’s national team in July 2019." ... 5664603137

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Athlete A

Post by greybeard58 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:54 pm

Athlete A Minnesotan

In the last two years, a series of scalding and essential documentaries — “Leaving Neverland,” “Surviving R. Kelly,” “Untouchable,” “On the Record,” “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” — have shined a light on the contours of sexual abuse and the supreme, if not obscene, concentration of power that too often allows it to be concealed and perpetuated. In most of these high-profile cases, the power emanates from one figure who is either a celebrity or a backstage manipulator of celebrity: Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson, Russell Simmons, Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly. The power wielded by these men has been total and destructive: the ability to threaten and terrorize, to twist and ruin careers, to suppress and squash the rule of law.

“Athlete A,” Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s disturbing and illuminating documentary about the sexual-abuse scandal that struck the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team in 2016, is centered around an individual who was, in certain ways, a similar kind of serial abuser: Dr. Larry Nassar, the osteopathic physician who served, for 29 years, as the doctor for the USA Gymnastics women’s team. In a 2016 investigation undertaken by the Indianapolis Star, it was revealed that Nassar had abused dozens of young women athletes during the course of conducting “routine” examinations and physical-therapy sessions.

Much of the abuse took place at Karolyi Ranch, the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Tex., that was overseen by Béla and Márta Károlyi, the fabled trainers who had come out of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s Romania and led the U.S. team with a severity-bordering-on-cruelty that was part of their mystique. The woodland camp looked idyllic, but no parent was allowed to set foot there (which should have been a red flag). And inside it, the Károlyis practiced their special brand of discipline, tormenting teenage gymnasts about their weight, calling them lazy, treating them like machines who needed to push themselves to the boundaries and beyond…or else.

The reason this is relevant to the sexual-abuse case is that, within the military-like training-camp fortress of Huntsville, Larry Nassar, according to the documentary, was the girls’ one friendly authority figure — an amiable quirky goofball who would sometimes slip them food and candy. He never gave them explicit threats, even when committing abuses like putting an ungloved finger inside a girl’s vagina as part of an “exam.” He always maintained the fiction that he was their pal. Most of them knew that something was deeply wrong, but they felt they had nowhere to turn.

Where the iron grip of power came into play was inside the organization itself. In the summer of 2015, Maggie Nichols, a brilliant gymnast who appeared to be on track to make the Olympic team, told her mother that she’d been abused by Nassar. Her mother alerted an official at USA Gymnastics, and word of the allegations soon reached Steve Penny, the organization’s CEO and president. He was, at that point, legally required to alert the authorities. Instead, he hired an outside firm to conduct a private investigation. Penny was protecting Nassar, but what he was really protecting was the USA Gymnastics brand, which brought in $12 million a year. Beyond that, the women’s gymnastics team was part of the cultish “Go USA!” boosterism that had marked the Olympic Games since 1984. Penny was also protecting that. (As a punishment and a warning, he cut Maggie Nichols out of the loop.)

All of which is to say that the cover-up of Larry Nassar’s crimes, as documented by “Athlete A,” was analogous to the sexual-abuse scandals of the Catholic Church: the systematic protection of abusers who may not have been so powerful in themselves, by an organization of extraordinary power. Once the Indianapolis Star began its investigation in August 2016, in the middle of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, the dominoes began to fall. The paper’s reporting hinged on the testimony of two whistleblowers: Jamie Dantzscher, who’d been a member of the 2000 Olympics team, and Rachael Denhollander, who stepped forward 16 years after suffering her own bout of abuse (which took place, in a concealed way, right in front of Denhollander’s mother as she sat in Nassar’s examination room).

Nassar responded by telling the newspaper that he had never touched the private parts of anyone he was examining. But since that was a colossal lie (he had done it hundreds of times), other survivors began coming forward with their own stories. The police raided his home and trash and found hard drives that contained thousands of pornographic pictures, some of them of children. By the time Nassar stood trial, 125 women had agreed to appear in court to present their impact testimonials.

Every high-profile sexual-abuse case is a kind of spider’s web, with toxic strands of enablers and co-conspirators, all wound into what’s been, until recently, a larger cultural denial. “Athlete A” is compellingly told by Cohen and Shenk so that we experience the pain and courage of these survivors, but also glimpse the big-picture backdrop of what occurred. In this case, the movie traces the dysfunction back to Béla and Márta Kátolyi, who had first come to prominence with the triumph of their 14-year-old Romanian gymnast superstar Nadia Comăneci, who won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. In doing so, she changed the face of the sport.

In the ’50s and ’60s, the competitors in women’s gymnastics were women. It was the Romanians who started the idea of training female gymnasts at a very young age. “What emerged was an aesthetic that was very, very young — childlike,” says Jennifer Sey, the 1986 USA Gymnastics National Champion. It created what she calls a “dangerous environment,” one that bred eating disorders, the delaying of menstruation, and the belief that to do the more difficult feats it helped to be tiny. After the Károlyis defected, they were seized on by the U.S. to be Olympic coaches, much as Wernher von Braun, the visionary rocket scientist of Nazi Germany, had been tapped in the late ’40s to become an architect of the American space program. The Károlyis represented a mercilessness that was very Eastern Bloc, but they produced winners, and officials in the U.S. were eager to import their whatever-it-takes school of hard knocks.

“Athlete A” makes the telling point that the Károlyi method was, itself, a form of abuse. The girls who were subjected to it had to steel themselves, in an almost Stockholm Syndrome way, to the sadistic rigors of their training. So it’s only natural that they ended up numbing themselves to even more devastating forms of abuse. “Athlete A” is a testament to their perseverance, and to the courage of all those who stood up in court to face the man who had violated their humanity. But it’s also a testament to the obsession that gave cover to their abuse — to a culture that wanted winners at any cost.

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Minnesota’s Maggie Nichols is speaking publicly about sexual abuse by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Post by greybeard58 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:36 pm

‘I Think Their Eyes Are Going To Open’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s Maggie Nichols is speaking publicly about sexual abuse by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Nichols announced in 2018 she was the person referred to as “Athlete A,” the first to step forward to report abuse. While she released a written statement about the case then, she’s now talking about it.

Netflix just released the trailer for a documentary titled “Athlete A.” It premieres next week, detailing Nichols journey and the hundreds of others that came forward.

WCCO captured her return home from winning gold in the World Gymnastics Championship with Team USA in late 2015. It was mere months earlier, the teen from Little Canada reported sexual abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar.

“It was probably like 2013, probably the first time, and he would always like bring us, or bring me, into like this training room and close the blinds and perform his treatment that he so-called was the right thing to do, and I knew it wasn’t right,” Nichols said.

Her local coach with Twin City Twisters overhead her conversation with another athlete about Nassar’s treatments. That coach reported the abuse to USA Gymnastics but they would have to wait for justice while Nassar stayed on.

“After someone reports something as serious as sexual abuse, it should be changed in a minute. So that was very disappointing,” Nichols said. “We kind of were failed by USA Gymnastics and things like that even though they were the ones that were supposed to protect, you know, some of the best athletes in the world.”

As charges were finally brought against Nassar, Nichols watched as former USA Gymnastics teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and others revealed they were Nassar victim-survivors. After time and careful consideration, she decided to identify herself as Athlete A, the first to report sexual abuse.

“I came to the realization that, you know, if I could help one person or help one person get through the same thing … coming out publicly, it would make it all worth it,” Nichols said.

She reveals the support of family and friends has helped her grow and heal. So have strangers who send messages of encouragement or support on social media. But she admits there are still tough days.

Nichols retired from elite gymnastics and went on to compete for top-ranked Oklahoma University. She’s considered among the best NCAA gymnasts ever.

“I think my years at OU are just the best times of my life. I really fell in love with the sport of gymnastics again,” Nichols said.

She hopes people will watch the documentary, calling it a powerful story from the people who lived it.

“There’s no holding back at all. It’s straight forward, it’s straight to the point, which is incredible,” Nichols said. “And I think it’s going to be super educational and people are really, I think their eyes are going to open.”

She has one more semester of college at OU. She’ll be a volunteer coach with gymnastics next year.

“Athlete A” will be released on Netflix on Wednesday.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, in addition to a federal conviction.

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Re: Does MSHSL or Mn Hockey have such a list of banned coaches

Post by goaliedad31 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:23 am

Watched it. Very well done.
Sad story about Minnesota's Maggie NIchols, as it appears she was punished and left off the Olympic team for speaking out.

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‘He said he loved me. I said, ‘You shouldn’t be in love with me. You’re 43, I’m 17, and you’re married. This isn’t right

Post by greybeard58 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:45 pm

‘He said he loved me. I said, ‘You shouldn’t be in love with me. You’re 43, I’m 17, and you’re married. This isn’t right.'’

Estey Ticknor remembers being 17 years old and lying on a blanket in the grass at Minute Man National Historical Park with her 43-year-old hockey coach when their secret rendezvous was interrupted by flashing blue police lights.

It was a school night, early in the spring of 1981, and Ticknor, a senior hockey star at Concord Academy, had been drawn into a sexual relationship with Carlton Gray, her coach on a national championship team in the trail-blazing Assabet Valley girls’ hockey program he founded, she said this month in an interview.

Now 57, Ticknor said she and Gray rose from their vantage above the historic North Bridge, knowing visitors were not permitted after dark. Gray told her he would handle the situation, and after he spoke briefly with the patrolman, she said, they were sent on their way, their secret intact.

Gray, now 82, declined to comment on Ticknor’s allegations, other than to say in an interview at his house, “We were best of friends. I respected who she was.”

He has previously denied acting inappropriately with any girl he has coached.

Ticknor said she came forward after reading Globe stories about allegations that Gray for decades has emotionally harmed girls as young as 8 with profane verbal abuse, unwanted physical contact, and unannounced intrusions into locker rooms, among other complaints. She said she is speaking out also because Gray has not publicly taken responsibility for the damage his purported conduct has caused.

“Enough is enough,” Ticknor said. “Carl has provided all kinds of opportunities for girls that many of them would not have had otherwise. I respect that, but that doesn’t give him license to treat people in abusive ways.”

The US Center for SafeSport, acting on a statement from Ticknor, informed her June 1 that it has opened an investigation into the allegation that Gray engaged in sexual activity with her while he was coaching her in a program affiliated with USA Hockey. The center was authorized by Congress in 2017 to investigate sexual misconduct in Olympic sports.

Gray is renowned in US women’s hockey, having led a movement to make the sport accessible to girls when he founded the Assabet program in 1972. His program has won 52 national titles and helped more than 300 girls secure college scholarships, including dozens who have been selected to play for US national teams. Some have captured Olympic gold.

Gray is a member of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. Many former players have credited his demanding coaching style with helping them reach their potential, and parents of other former players have praised his commitment to building the sport internationally, most recently by making a large investment in 2018 to take more than 30 children and parents to a tournament in Beijing.

But some of Gray’s abrasive methods have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months. The Globe reported in February that Mass Hockey, USA Hockey’s state affiliate, suspended three coaches of Gray’s nationally ranked Under 16 team for “prolonged and sustained verbal abuse [that] caused emotional distress" to seven players. Some of their parents and others blamed Gray for creating and fostering the allegedly abusive culture.

In April, the Globe reported that more than two dozen women who played for Assabet over the last 15 years had come forward and alleged that Gray bullied or belittled them. Some said Gray, without their permission, squeezed their biceps, while mentioning their breast size and referring to Chesty Morgan, an exotic dancer and adult entertainment star in the 1970s and ’80s who had a 73-inch bust. Other former players said Gray boasted of being “a sex beast” when he was younger.

Parents felt helpless
Gray said in an interview in April that his coaching methods were designed to induce greatness in young players, not to harm them.

“You’re never going to be a nice guy to everybody, especially if you’re trying to develop Olympians," Gray said. “It’s not easy developing an Olympian."

The Assabet program announced April 10, less than a week after the story about Gray was published, that he had resigned from the organization. He also resigned from the New England Girls Hockey League, which he created. Gray continues to own Valley Sports, the Concord ice arena where the Assabet program is based.

Now, he faces Ticknor’s allegations. Earlier this month, a Concord police detective, alerted by SafeSport, contacted Ticknor, who said she has no interest in pursuing criminal or civil charges against Gray. She told the detective about her experience, including details about the police encounter at the park.

When Ticknor and Gray rose that night from the grass, she said, they saw a Concord police cruiser idling behind Gray’s sedan. She said they often visited the park after hours. She recalled watching Gray speak to the officer and being surprised that the patrolman sent them on their way without speaking to her.

When the Globe asked Concord police in February to produce any public records they had on Gray, those documents included no reference to the 1981 incident. Ticknor awaits a response to her own request for information on the incident.

“It would be interesting to see if there is evidence of an adult seeing something that clearly was not right," she said.

Ticknor said Gray was sexually involved with her from around February to April of 1981, when she tried to end the relationship and confided about it to her mother. She said Gray tearfully resisted and reacted in part by appealing to her parents.

Gray was married then, as he is now. Ticknor’s mother, Matilda, said in an interview that she recalled phoning Gray about his alleged relationship with Estey. She said he showed up at her house, sat at her kitchen table, declared his love for her daughter, and described how he envisioned his future with her.

“He started drawing circles on paper about how he saw things going, with his wife as one circle and Estey as another circle,” Matilda said. “He wanted Estey as his mistress. I said, ‘What are you talking about? This is impossible.’ ”

The Ticknors were having marital problems at the time, which they said may have made Estey vulnerable to an inappropriate relationship. Ticknor’s father, Malcolm Ticknor, said he remembered Gray saying at the kitchen table that he would divorce his wife and marry Estey.

“It was crazy, bizarre," Malcolm said. “It was very stressful for Estey."

The Ticknors said they sent Gray away and received Estey’s assurance that the relationship was over. But they otherwise felt helpless, as if reporting the activity were not an option.

“That didn’t happen back then," Matilda said. “Who do you go to? The police? Nowadays it’s an obvious answer. It wasn’t then."

‘Very confusing’ feelings
Estey Ticknor, too, said she felt overwhelmed. She first met Gray when he invited her to join the Assabet program during her junior year on the Concord Academy team, which practiced and played home games at Valley Sports. In her senior year, Gray assigned her to Assabet’s top team, whose roster included future Olympian Cindy Curley.

“I had never played at that level and wasn’t as good as the other players,” Ticknor said. “Carl screamed and yelled and berated me all the time. I was very scared of him.”

But, she said, “He made me desperate for his approval.”

Ted Sherman, Ticknor’s Concord Academy coach, said in an interview that she privately complained to him at the time about Gray’s alleged verbal abuse, sexual innuendos, and unannounced entries into locker rooms.

Sherman said he volunteered to speak to Ticknor’s parents about it, but she objected, fearing she would lose her place on the team and a chance to play collegiately. Ticknor said she told Sherman years later about Gray’s alleged sexual involvement with her.

Sherman expressed regret in the interview that he had not reacted more forcefully to address Ticknor’s concerns.

“I’m not particularly proud of that,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot more in this decade about how to put an end to that stuff.”

During Ticknor’s senior year, she rapidly improved at Assabet, and as college recruiters took notice, she said, Gray went from tormenting her to raving about her. He was tall, broad-shouldered, athletic, an electrical engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Lab.

“He could turn on the charm,” Ticknor said. “He was very charismatic, funny, smart. I definitely looked up to and admired him. Those feelings were very confusing.”

The Assabet team practiced Friday nights and played games on Sundays. They often gathered afterward in the back of the rink, Ticknor said, drinking beer purchased by older teammates. Gray typically joined them, and that winter he began driving Ticknor home because they both lived in Concord.

“He seemed flirtatious at first, but I thought I was imagining it,” she said. “Then one night he caressed my ear. It blew my mind. I had never had a boyfriend. I had no sexual experience at all, except for kissing a couple of boys.”

He began spending more time with her.

“I felt this intense exhilaration and excitement, even though I was kind of terrified. It was like a rushing train I couldn’t get off,” she said.

She recalled them connecting clandestinely, with Ticknor ducking into Gray’s car at the main gate of Concord Academy after school or hiking from her home on Annursnac Hill Road to a nearby elementary school after hours to meet him.

Ticknor’s lifelong friend, Lyza Morss, said in an interview that she was stunned one night when she walked with Ticknor from her home to Concord’s South Bridge Boat House to find Gray waiting for her. Morss was stunned, too, to see Ticknor climb into Gray’s car.

“I wish I had paid more attention at the time,” Morss said.

Ticknor remembers teammates teasing her about the attention Gray paid her and the praise he showered on her. During that period, she said, he nominated her for Assabet’s sportsmanship award, which was presented to her by Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.

Breaking it off
The winter of 1981 was special for the Assabet girls. They became a national power, criss-crossing the northeast US and Canada, often by bus, with Gray summoning Ticknor to sit in front next to him.

In early April, they arrived in Lake Placid, N.Y., to compete for the US Girls Amateur Hockey Association’s national title. Ticknor’s mother said she was surprised to see Gray sitting in a hotel hot tub with his players, with his arm apparently around Estey.

“It was weird,” she said. “But I never imagined Estey would have any interest in him.”

Others were suspicious, but Ticknor pushed back.

“I had all this terror and shame," she said. “My friendship with my teammates meant so much to me, and I didn’t want to lose it. So I lied whenever anybody said anything about it.”

The Assabet girls won the national championship, at the same Lake Placid arena where the US men’s hockey team had stunned the world the year before by winning Olympic gold.

“I had never experienced that kind of excitement before,” Ticknor said. “It was huge that we won, and by then I had started to fit in socially with the team, which was a really a big deal for me.”

Her relationship with Gray, meanwhile, was intensifying, she said. Home from Lake Placid, he drove her one day to the Battleship Cove Maritime Museum in Fall River and took her to dinner at the Cove Restaurant there.

She had resisted his attempts to have sexual intercourse, she said, until they returned that night to an upper office at his arena. She described the encounter as effectively ending their relationship.

“After that, I was totally freaked out,” she said. “I remember in the next couple of days saying to him, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ He said he loved me. I said, ‘You shouldn’t be in love with me. You’re 43, I’m 17, and you’re married. This isn’t right.‘ ”

Once the season ended, she distanced herself from Gray. She had been recruited by several colleges, and she chose Dartmouth over Brown, she said, because she would be farther away from Gray.

Ticknor became a two-sport star at Dartmouth, becoming the first women’s hockey player to score 100 points in a season and setting records for saves by a soccer goalie that still stand.

But she remained troubled by Gray. After college, she shared her secret with Morss, who also played in the Assabet program and recalled enduring alleged verbal and emotional abuse from Gray. Morss said Ticknor tearfully recounted her experience with Gray.

“She was so ashamed and so embarrassed,” Morss said.

Ticknor returned to Concord after college and wanted to continue to play competitive women’s hockey. Assabet remained the best program, and she decided to play there after making clear to Gray that their relationship was over.

“He started referring to ‘our thing,’ ” she said. “I said, ‘No, it’s not our thing. You were wrong. I was a child. You were an adult. It shouldn’t have happened.' We went forward from there.”

A call for vigilance
In 1987, Ticknor was selected to play on a US national team, coached in part by Gray, that competed in Toronto for the first women’s world championship. The US team won bronze, but their participation helped lead to women’s hockey being accepted as an Olympic sport in 1992.

While some of her teammates went on to pursue their Olympic dreams, Ticknor began coaching girls’ hockey and teaching at Williston Northampton School, where she met and married a fellow teacher, Glenn Swanson. They had two children before they divorced in 2005, as she was going through the process of coming out as gay.

Ticknor now lives in Easthampton with her spouse, Dr. Tara Lagu, and their 3-year-old daughter. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, with a private therapy practice in Northampton.

From personal experience, Ticknor said she understands the emotional toll an allegedly abusive coach can exact, especially on youths.

She cited Gray’s long history at Assabet and called on governing bodies such as USA Hockey and Mass Hockey to practice more effective oversight and enforcement.

“I would like him to take some kind of responsibility or the governing bodies to sanction him in a way to make it clear that his repeated bad behavior is not acceptable,” Ticknor said.

She called on parents, too, to be more vigilant. She said children should be able to pursue their athletic dreams without suffering verbal and emotional abuse. The damage, in some cases at Assabet, has long endured, according to Ticknor and other former players.

When Ticknor’s friends have asked why she has chosen to speak out now, she said, she has told them, “I have been part of a culture of fear and silence. The Assabet program reinforced the idea of ‘don’t say anything, be silent.' When I saw the kind of egregious behavior that has been going on there for all these years, I decided it was time to tell my story, as old as it is."

She praised the seven Assabet players who stood up last year and filed complaints about the allegedly abusive coaching in Gray’s program. Ticknor said she stands with them.

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‘Chico’ Adrahtas, former hockey coach accused of sexual abuse, gets lifetime ban

Post by greybeard58 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:27 am

‘Chico’ Adrahtas, former hockey coach accused of sexual abuse, gets lifetime ban

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has issued a lifetime ban for Tom “Chico” Adrahtas, a former Chicago-area youth hockey coach. Adrahtas, who was the subject of a Feb. 21 article in The Athletic in which multiple former players came forward to say that he sexually abused them, is prohibited from coaching in any USA Hockey-sanctioned activity or any activity involving a national governing body under the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic committee’s purview.

The disciplinary decision and investigative findings of the nearly 21-month investigation were rendered on Monday. SafeSport investigators found that Adrahtas “engaged in a pattern of exploitative and abusive sexual misconduct with multiple young athletes he coached, egregiously abusing a position of authority to manipulate and deceive young male athletes he mentored and coached, for sexual purposes,” according to the investigative report. It also states that evidence “overwhelmingly”...
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U of M admits inaction after 1985 accusations of improprieties by former hockey coach

Post by greybeard58 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:42 am

U of M admits inaction after 1985 accusations of improprieties by former hockey coach

Several officials at the University of Minnesota knew of accusations of sexual assault by a Gophers hockey coach 35 years ago, and nothing was officially done about it. That was the conclusion of an investigation initiated by the U of M into the actions of Thomas 'Chico' Adrahtas in the 1984-85 season, when he was an assistant coach at the school.

Almost every aspect of American life has changed in the past 35 years. And the way that allegations of sexual improprieties by a former Minnesota Gophers hockey coach were handled in 1985 would not be repeated today.

That was the conclusion of an investigation launched last winter, when allegations of sexual abuse surfaced more than three decades after Thomas ‘Chico’ Adrahtas spent a single season as an assistant coach in the Gophers’ men’s hockey program.

Adrahtas, who did not respond to several interview requests from The Rink Live, was on the staff of former Gophers head coach Brad Buetow in the 1984-85 season. Buetow was not offered a contract at that season’s end. Facing accusations of sexual improprieties from several former players, Adrahtas also left the U of M in June 1985 and has not lived in Minnesota since.

Per a February report in The Athletic, Adrahtas most recently worked for a college club team in Illinois, but has since been effectively banned from the sport due to multiple allegations of improper behavior with players. In February, the U of M hired the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP to investigate the school’s handling of the matter in 1985, when the Minnesota accusations against Adrahtas first surfaced.

In a statement sent out by the U or M on Friday, Oct. 16, the school explained the reason for hiring the law firm:

“The investigation aimed, in part, to determine whether reports of the alleged abuse were made known to the University at the time of the former coach’s employment and, if so, whether any responsive actions were taken to address them,” the statement read, in part, adding that they, “...asked Perkins to provide the University with an independent assessment of its factual findings once the investigation was complete.”

The investigators sent letters to all of the 1984-85 Gophers requesting interviews, and identified roughly 50 others who were believed to have information relevant to Adrahtas’ conduct while employed by the university. Of those, 14 were deceased -- including Paul Giel, who was the U of M athletic director at the time -- and several others either did not respond or declined to be interviewed. The firm ultimately conducted interviews with 29 people and received written responses from one more. They found that several people at the U of M heard of the accusations against Adrahtas, but no official action was taken.

“Collectively, based on credible and corroborating firsthand witness accounts, Perkins found that sexual abuse allegations like those reported in The Athletic were known by individuals within the University’s athletic department at or around the time of the former assistant coach’s departure from the University,” the statement read. “Despite this knowledge, available evidence shows no action taken by the University to conduct an independent investigation or report the allegations to the authorities. That is not what the University would do today.”

Interviewed by The Rink Live in early March, Buetow said he had no knowledge of the alleged inappropriate conduct with players by Adrahtas before hiring him, or during the assistant coach’s lone season at the U of M. Adrahtas was accused by several people of coercing blindfolded and bound players into oral sex with what they were told was a woman, but in fact was likely Adrahtas himself.

“I interviewed (Adrahtas), talked to him, checked every aspect I could on him and it was all clean. And he knew his hockey. He was a very knowledgeable hockey coach,” said Buetow, who is retired and lives in Colorado. “I had no idea about any of the other stuff or I would’ve reported him to the authorities immediately. Anybody should.”

The investigators also reviewed hundreds of boxes of printed materials, and found no documented evidence of the allegations against Adrahtas. Per the U of M, their report cannot be made public under state law because it includes private information regarding former school employees.

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Re: Does MSHSL or Mn Hockey have such a list of banned coaches

Post by MNHockeyFan » Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:45 pm

Wrong thread, this is the girls high school forum.

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Tennis coach charged with molesting one of his Holy Family HS athletes

Post by greybeard58 » Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:44 am

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Also a hockey coach!
Tennis coach charged with molesting one of his Holy Family HS athletes
Holy Family in Victoria fired him after woman came forward in Sept.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune

OCTOBER 8, 2020 — 6:38AM

Timothy J. "TJ" Garin, 59, of Mound, is charged in Carver County District Court with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A tennis coach sexually molested one of his players on the campus of Holy Family High School in Victoria several years ago, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Timothy J. “TJ” Garin, 59, of Mound, was charged in Carver County District Court with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting the girl in 2016.
The Catholic school fired Garin as the boys' and girls' head coach after administrators learned of the allegations, said Sheriff Jason Kamerud.
The girl was coached by then-assistant Garin starting in 2014, when she was 15 years old, through 2018, the complaint read.
Garin was arrested Tuesday and has since been released from jail. Reached by telephone, he declined to comment. His attorney, Justin Duffy, said that “at this point, these are allegations and we don’t have any further comment.”
Holy Family Principal Michael Brennan declined to answer questions about the accusations but released a statement that read, “We are appalled and saddened by this situation, and our thoughts are with the former student who came forward. After learning of these allegations in early September, Holy Family immediately notified the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and placed Garin on administrative leave.”

Garin was an assistant girl’s tennis coach from August 2013 to October 2015 and took over the program in August 2016. The girls won the Class A (small school) state title in 2014 and qualified for the state tournament in 2015 and 2016.
He became the boys head tennis coach in April 2014.
Along with coaching tennis, Garin was an assistant for the girls hockey team from October 2012 to March 2016. Garin had no other responsibilities while with Holy Family beyond coaching.
According to the complaint:
On Sept. 4, school officials alerted law enforcement that a former student reported being sexually targeted by Garin starting in 2015.
Deputies learned that Garin sent texts complimenting her appearance and making overtly sexual overtures.
In 2016 during private lessons on campus, Garin kissed her on the neck and touched clothing over her buttocks, legs and private area.
He’s also suspected of sending her photos of his genitals and requesting nude photos of her in return. She declined.
Garin would tell the girl to delete his messages because he would go to jail if anyone found out.
Anyone with information about this case or other possible incidents involving Garin are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1231. Also, anonymous tips can be left at 952-361-1224.

Correction: Previous versions of this misstated one reference to the school in Victoria. It is Holy Family High School.
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"If that’s not an indictment of our youth hockey culture, and the leadership of our youth hockey culture that allow thin

Post by greybeard58 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:25 pm

"If that’s not an indictment of our youth hockey culture, and the leadership of our youth hockey culture that allow things like this to happen, I don’t know what is."

From the Hockey Think Tank:

This post will be the harshest criticism I’ll give of our youth hockey culture, including an abandonment of values on the part of a few people in leadership positions at USA Hockey.

Before I begin, I want to preface by saying that I think there are a lot of really good people at USA Hockey. A lot of good people that continue to do some really amazing things for our sport. Many of those people I consider friends and colleagues with whom I’ve collaborated and worked with a lot over the years to better our game.

But I started the Hockey Think Tank to make the hockey world a better place. And while usually that’s by highlighting the good that our sport has to offer, sometimes things just need to be called out. Even if it makes us uncomfortable.

This story I’m about to tell you is downright stomach-turning. And to give you the whole scope, I’ll first take you back a few years because it’s something I lived through as a kid.

Growing up in Chicago in the late 1990’s, my family started to realize that higher level hockey was probably where I was headed. I’m grateful to have had awesome coaching and been put in environments that led to that point.

As I got to Bantam hockey and we started to map some things out, my parents informed me that I was not allowed to play in the future for the most esteemed midget coach in our area. The man was Chico Adrahtas.

This was a coach that had a history of moving midget hockey players onto junior, college, and professional hockey – the dream that I’d had since I was little.

I still vividly remember the conversation with my parents:

“Why can’t I play for him?” I confusedly asked.

My parents looked at each other and then asked me to sit down. It was one of those requests where you knew something kind of big or important was coming.

“Toph,” they uncomfortably answered, “He’s a pedophile.”

“A pedophile?” my 13-year-old self asked back. “What’s a pedophile?”

Long, deep, anxious breaths and an uncomfortable silence followed. “Well, it means that it’s pretty widely known that he has a history of sexually abusing youth hockey players.”


That’s an actual conversation that my parents had to have with me when I was 13 years old. And it’s a conversation that I know a lot of other Chicago area families had with their kids as well.

But unfortunately, many other families chose to allow their kids play for Adrahtas. Even with the widely known rumors. And the reasoning scares the he*% out of me (which you’ll see below).

Here is a mind-boggling excerpt from an article written by Katie Strang of The Athletic, who brought this story to the greater hockey world earlier this year. She spoke with many Chicago area coaches, players, and families about Adrahtas, including Nick Aulich who is quoted below.

Brace yourself.

“Team Illinois officials mandated that Adrahtas wasn’t allowed in the boys’ dressing room except immediately before and after the game, on account of the rumors that followed Adrahtas for years. However, multiple Team Illinois players who played for Adrahtas around this time said he would invite players over individually to his condo under the guise of discussing their hockey future. Adrahtas would order pizza and put on pornographic movies, these players recalled.

Aulich said that despite widespread rumors about Adrahtas’ misconduct, which stemmed largely from his abrupt departure from the University of Minnesota in 1985, Adrahtas was well-insulated by his success coaching amateurs. His reputation as the most coveted coach at the AAA level, someone who had the pedigree of shepherding several players to Division I, meant that players and their families felt they had little choice but to play for him.

‘It kind of shows you what is was like in Illinois. You had to go through him,” Aulich said. ‘I knew this guy was a pervert bastard and so did my family and I had to play for the guy. It’s so effed up.’”

Take a second and please wrap your head around that passage.

The coach wasn’t allowed in the locker room because of his rumored history of child sex abuse; yet parents felt pressure to play for him so their kids had a chance of achieving the next level of hockey.

If that’s not an indictment of our youth hockey culture, and the leadership of our youth hockey culture that allow things like this to happen, I don’t know what is.

Anyone that has read my stuff knows that the one thing I believe in most is that we play hockey for the life lessons that it teaches us. It’s not about getting the scholarship or playing professional hockey. The “making it” part should be a by-product of the lessons and experiences we share.

For that reason, it pains me to see parents subscribe to doing anything – even something as messed up as allowing their child to play for a rumored (now proven) child abuser – to get their kid to the next level. Parents, please take a step back and get some perspective on why you put your kid into hockey.

But the youth hockey obsession with “making it” and the parents that buy into it aren’t the only target of this post; it’s the people in leadership positions of our sport who allowed this type of culture to materialize in the first place – especially with the Adrahtas situation in Illinois which I’ll detail next.

If you haven’t already, I would strongly encourage you to go read Katie Strang’s reporting on this story in The Athletic. For young hockey players growing up in Chicago, like me, the rumors surrounding Adrahtas were widely known. But Strang’s incredible reporting uncovered the gut-wrenching details – not only about Adrahtas’ own misconduct, but about the way people in power positions failed to handle them.

It started in the 1980’s when Adrahtas mysteriously left coaching at the University of Minnesota after one season. According to Strang, a main reason for his abrupt departure was that he abused multiple players on the team. Rumors about Adrahtas’ abuse at Minnesota cast a shadow on him for years, but nothing was ever done about it.

Swept under the rug.

After leaving Minnesota, Adrahtas moved to Chicago where he’d already built a reputation of being a successful coach. And remember that conversation I had with my parents from earlier? Well, unfortunately there was more to the story that was shared with me that day.

It turns out, one of the people that hired Adrahtas a few years after he left Minnesota was my grandfather. He was putting a team together at my uncle’s age and hired Adrahtas to coach it. My grandfather had heard the rumors about Minnesota but was persuaded by Adrahtas that they weren’t true.

A couple months into the season, my grandfather caught wind that a few of the billeted players were sleeping over at Adrahtas’ house. Alarmed, he approached the players about what was going on. And in a meeting, one of the kids just broke down. He couldn’t bring himself to admit what had happened, but according to one person in that room, everyone knew. With Adrahtas’ history the dots were easy to connect.

That person who was in the room that day and recalled what had happened…that was my dad. And to this day, he becomes an emotional wreck every time he recalls this encounter.

My grandfather immediately fired Adrahtas. My family spent years trying to sound the alarm. I have memories of my parents having heated arguments with other parents who allowed their kids to play for him. But unfortunately, to no avail.

“It’s not going to happen to my kid.”

I still remember hearing that excuse and feeling sick to my stomach hearing parents say that. Yeah, it might not happen to your kid. But it’s OK if it happens to someone else’s kid? All so your kid can make it to the next level? It still makes me sick thinking about it.

What followed was decades of rumor about Adrahtas. If you were involved in AAA hockey in Chicago (or high-level hockey anywhere) during the next few decades you almost certainly heard the rumors. It was openly talked about.

Yet he continued to coach. It’s absolutely insane.


But then came 2010.

Decades of rumor up until this point. Parents and hockey directors turned a blind eye because he was a great coach and moved kids to the next level. Although suspicions of abuse were there, nothing was really ever proven, no allegations were put in writing.

Until 2010.

According to Katie Strang, a SafeSport investigation into Adrahtas revealed that in 2010, despite all the rumors, the Illinois affiliate of USA Hockey (AHAI) made plans to put Adrahtas into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. The rumors had effectively stalled the committee’s plans to induct him up until that point, but according to the SafeSport investigation (as reported by Strang), this time they decided to push him through.


Upon hearing Adrahtas’ impending Hall of Fame induction, a former player, Chris Jensen, sent a letter to AHAI detailing the sexual abuse that Adrahtas inflicted on him when he was a teenager.

And here’s how things played out after Jensen sent his letter, again, according to one of Katie Strang’s articles in The Athletic.

“While SafeSport’s investigation of Adrahtas has concluded, the organization is still probing how former and current AHAI officials, including current USA Hockey president Jim Smith (a former AHAI president), handled the allegations against Adrahtas. The investigation into Adrahtas yielded several findings on the front, among them:

"For years, AHAI officials refused to nominate Adrahtas to the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame because of “innuendo and rumor” about abuse. But in 2010, Mike Mullally, who was president of AHAI in 2010, said that a group that included Jim Smith decided to “put him through anyway.”

After AHAI received Jensen’s letter in 2010, Mullally consulted with law enforcement but was told the statute of limitations had expired. Mullally then confronted Adrahtas, who denied performing oral sec on the player but admitted that he had procured a woman to perform oral sex on Jensen. Mullally said he was struck by the fact that Adrahtas admitted to a lesser crime as a way “to reassure him.” As for going forward with the Hall of Fame nomination, AHAI officials left that up to Adrahtas, who took himself out of consideration.

USA Hockey was not officially informed of Adrahtas’ admission because Jim Smith and Tony Rossi, another Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame committee member, were both high-ranking members of USA Hockey and already aware of the situation, Mullally said.


So according to Strang’s reporting on the SafeSport investigation…

An affiliate of our sport’s governing body, whose main job is to provide a safe environment for kids to play hockey, got a letter in writing detailing Adrahtas’ sexual abuse of a minor. Then they got the man ADMITTING to another form of sexual misconduct. And what happened?

The answer to that question appears to be NOTHING.

Because according to Strang, even though Adrahtas was indefinitely suspended by AHAI after his admission, he still managed to coach amateur hockey for eight years.


He got a job coaching ACHA College Hockey at Robert Morris College in Chicago and coached for CLOSE TO A DECADE.

According to Strang’s reporting, AHAI had proof of his sexual abuse in writing by one of his victims AND by his own admission; yet, according to the SafeSport investigation, they didn’t feel it necessary to make sure he never coached again. Here’s another excerpt from Strang’s article:

“Peter Lindberg, USA Hockey’s then legal council chairman, was consulted about the situation, however Lindberg suggested in an email to Mullally, Smith and others that AHAI contact RMU, where Adrahtas was coaching, to inform them about the allegations. Lindberg also said there should be an investigation at the Triple AAA programs where Adrahtas coached. AHAI officials did neither. Mullally told investigators that because Adrahtas was no longer coaching youth hockey, he and other AHAI officials did not view it as their responsibility."

That last statement is absolutely chilling. They “did not view it as their responsibility” to warn RMU about Adrahtas’ history of abuse. And the kicker:

Robert Morris College – where Adrahtas coached for EIGHT YEARS after Chris Jensen’s 2010 letter to AHAI – plays their home games out of the same arena that AHAI has held many of their meetings.

All they needed to do was “walk down the hall” and let the college know that the man they employed was a predator. But no. According to the SafeSport investigation, they decided against it. And for CLOSE TO A DECADE this man was allowed to coach amateur hockey players.

Hundreds of more kids put in his supervision. Because AHAI officials reportedly “did not view it as their responsibility.”

And according to Strang’s reporting, it wasn’t until 2018 when ANOTHER letter from ANOTHER abuse victim was written to the ACHA upon hearing that Adrahtas was still coaching, that Adrahtas was suspended again from coaching.

And then?

Adrahtas mysteriously resigned from ANOTHER place with no repercussions. Under the radar. Swept under the rug.

From Strang:

“As for his status with Robert Morris University?

He resigned from the university in the fall of 2018,” said Ann Bresingham, RMU’s Vice President for Human Resources. “He had been talking about retiring for some time and when all this came up, he felt this was probably the right time to resign and retire."

And not until after Katie Strang’s articles were written in 2020 and the finalization of his SafeSport investigation was Adrahtas permanently banned from coaching amateurs within USA Hockey. Decades after the rumors started. Ten years after the letter to AHAI.


If you’re reading the tea leaves and wondering if I’m pi**** off about this…I am.

The most recent article written by Strang on Adrahtas detailed yet ANOTHER sexual abuse victim. And this time, it was a friend of mine.

So yeah, I’m pissed.

A great guy got his life and innocence taken away from him by a sexual predator enabled by people who didn’t do their job protecting kids.

And because I’ve been outspoken about this story on social media, I’ve had other survivors of Adrahtas’ abuse reach out to me. And teammates of survivors. And high-level coaches who remember the rumors. I even had one long tenured college coach tell me he can’t get himself to read Strang’s articles because he heard the rumors back in the day and couldn’t bear that they’ve finally come out as true.

This sexual abuse allegedly spanned decades. From the University of Minnesota before I was even born to this happening to a friend near my age. And for this predator to be banned from the sport JUST THIS YEAR after Katie Strang’s articles brought it to the forefront?

There are a lot of people that should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. And yet still, nobody has been held accountable for turning a blind eye to what happened.

Worst of all, according to Strang’s reporting, it goes all the way to the top of the governing body of USA Hockey.

According to one of Strang’s articles, the president of USA Hockey – Jim Smith – is currently under investigation for his handling of the reports of Adrahtas’ sexual abuse. This is a recent public statement from USA Hockey Executive Director, Pat Kelleher, again from one of Katie Strang’s articles:

“The U.S. Center for SafeSport has advised us they have taken jurisdiction and are investigating allegations that people within AHAI, including Jim Smith, were aware of sexual misconduct by Thomas Adrahtas and did not take action,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said via a spokesperson."

Smith is still currently under investigation, yet somehow he remains visible at the forefront of USA Hockey’s operations.

A few months ago, while under investigation, Smith was FRONT AND CENTER of a USA Hockey “Back to Hockey” video for all of the hockey world to see. (Watch if for yourself at ... 0733889537)

Let’s think about this objectively:

In what world…honestly…IN WHAT WORLD would someone who is being investigated for his potential inaction surrounding a youth hockey coach sexually abusing youth hockey players be the face of a video of this importance and magnitude coming from USA Hockey?

Business as usual. Nothing to see here. What a slap in the face to the multiple survivors and victims of Adrahtas’ sexual abuse.

Investigations are going on right now. But it took almost 4 decades and a whole lot of people knowing or hearing that Chico Adrahtas was a predator before HE HIMSELF was held accountable.

It’s in Safesport’s hands now, and this is exactly what Safesport was made for. Justice needs to be brought for the abuse victims who were put in the supervision of a predator due to the negligence of so many people.

Here’s my question:


Why has nobody yet been held accountable? Why business as usual? Why does it seem like this continues to be swept under the rug? Again. After all these years.

Aside from the decades of rumor and this being openly talked about by the hockey community for years, according to Strang, the SafeSport investigation has revealed proof in writing from sexual abuse victims AND an admission from the abuser. And not only that, SafeSport evidently has emails and statements from people in leadership positions revealing that they elected to wash their hands of the whole Adrahtas problem.

Is it a reputation thing? Are USA Hockey or AHAI afraid that the reputation of a high-ranking official is going to take a huge hit?

Is it a liability thing? I’m not a lawyer but I have to imagine that their inaction puts them in a tough spot liability-wise, especially after 2010.

Is it a power thing? Are people afraid to lose their positions of power within our governing body?

With more stories of abuse coming out in youth sports at alarming rates (USA Gymnastics, Ohio State wrestling, Penn State Football, etc…), USA Hockey and the USOC have made it very publicly known that they are doing everything they can to keep youth sports safe for the young athletes.

So here it is on a silver platter for them. An opportunity to take a stand and set an example. A chance to show leadership and simply do the right thing.

Jim Smith even said it in the “Hockey is Back” video, and while he was talking about Covid, his quote represents the main job of our governing body…

“Our cumulative goal is to keep rinks and programs as safe as reasonably possible.”

If there’s any truth to former AHAI President Mike Mullaly’s reported statements to SafeSport about this situation, then many people in this situation failed.


This whole thing is strikingly similar to what happened with USA Gymnastics. There, multiple athletes were abused yet information was suppressed, downplayed, and even covered up with regards to what was going on with Larry Nassar. And because USA Gymnastics tried to keep it all in the shadows, it ended up blowing up on them when people decided enough was enough. And look how far they’ve fallen.

It’s time to show leadership. Our sport needs it more than ever.

For my friends and colleagues in the game that have texted or called me about this situation telling me how they all heard the rumors and talked about it back in the day (and there have been many of you)…

Please, don’t just text me. Help do something about it. Share Katie Strang’s articles. Reach out to your contacts and demand there be accountability for what happened. The silence from people in-the-know is deafening.

People in leadership positions in our sport didn’t come close to fulfilling their responsibilities of keeping our kids safe. I have no clue what the right consequence for their negligence is, but I still can’t believe that literally nobody has been held accountable.

And if I’m being completely honest, I’d have much more respect for these people (and all the people who hired Adrahtas) if they owned it.

Here’s what they could say:

“You know what, we messed up. There was always a lot of rumor, hearsay, etc. But we should have taken action or looked into it more and we deeply regret our inaction.”

But no. According to Strang, people continue to put their head in the sand and hope this goes away because it implicates some high-level people.

Maybe it’s arrogance that they’re infallible. Maybe it’s just going along business as usual so people gloss over the situation. I don’t know.

As I said at the beginning, there are a lot of really good people at USA Hockey. Too many good people that shouldn’t get wrapped in with the abandonment of values of a few. This is not an indictment of what I think of them or the incredible job they are doing for our sport. I have contributed to USA Hockey’s mission many times at coaching clinics, seminars, and other events because I believe in a lot of what they’re doing.

But I’m not living my values if I don’t continue to bring this to the forefront.

It would be an injustice to the multiple survivors of this man’s abuse who stepped forward to share their stories if I didn’t stand beside them and share their accounts with the platform I’ve built. They are the heroes of this whole situation and their courage to step forward is going to save other young kids from having to endure what they experienced. Using their voice and bringing this predatory behavior out will deter other predators from acting on other kids and will deter people in power positions from enabling these predators by being silent.

I ask everyone reading this with knowledge of this situation or other situations like this to use your voice as well. Please. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Trust me, I’m expecting a few nasty calls after I publish this post. But that’s all the more reason why it’s necessary for this post to be written. And if we’re truly trying to do what’s right and keep the game safe for our kids…

Think of the survivors of this man’s abuse. The ones that spoke up publicly. The ones who shared their stories with SafeSport. The ones that continue to suffer in silence.

And think of all the kids that would not have been abused if people chose to do the right thing.

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"On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Katie Strang, a fantastic hockey and investigative reporter for The Athletic. Katie is a prominent figure in hockey journalism, and we spend most of this podcast talking about a story she has written extensively on regarding a youth hockey coach's history with sexual abuse of youth hockey players.

Katie wrote her first article on this subject in February which brought to the public the scandal of this coach's misconducts, along with how people in hockey leadership failed to handle the situation. This is a podcast that contains language about sexual abuse, so disclaimer for any families that typically listen to our podcast with their kids.

While a tough subject to speak on, we believe that this episode will provide some positive change."

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Re: Does MSHSL or Mn Hockey have such a list of banned coaches

Post by greybeard58 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:33 pm

A fyi

Legacy Global Sports LP Forced Into Bankruptcy
6 months ago Admin
One of North America’s largest ice hockey event company’s has been forced into bankruptcy by creditors.

The company operating Selects Hockey, World Selects Invitational, Motwon Classic, and Fire on Ice events and teams among other non hockey properties, has been sought after by creditors for unpaid bills.

The aggressive filing by creditors was initiated May 20, 2020. Eight creditors are claiming damages and demanding that Legacy Global Sports LP be forced into Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. ... sports-l-p
While it is yet to be seen how this will effect Legacy Global Sports going forward, many are now asking “if” these programs will go forward. If not, what happens to all the money collected for 2020 events?

Of particular concern is the fact that monies for future events have been collected and this action will likely freeze any funds available to satisfy the customers of future events.

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Boston-based youth sports business Legacy Global Sports fails amid criminal inquiry

Post by greybeard58 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:39 pm

Boston-based youth sports business Legacy Global Sports fails amid criminal inquiry
By Bob Hohler Globe Staff, Updated January 16, 2021, 9:59 a.m.

In a stunning collapse, one of the nation’s largest youth sports enterprises, Boston-based Legacy Global Sports, has spiraled into bankruptcy amid a federal criminal investigation, allegations of fraud and mismanagement, and the devastating impact of COVID-19.

The company’s demise has left thousands of parents, coaches, staffers, vendors, and investors from Boston to points around the world with little hope of recovering the combined $30 million they are owed.

At its height, Legacy was taking in more than $1 million a week as one of the country’s leading providers of elite youth soccer, hockey, and lacrosse programs, and by managing travel services to tournaments and other events the company operated across North America and Europe.

But with one former employee convicted of obstructing justice and others under investigation for possible visa fraud and other federal offenses, all that’s left of Legacy Global Sports and its affiliates is a trail of pain and promises not kept. Legacy’s past and present executives, in court documents or statements to the Globe, have denied any wrongdoing

“The whole thing is awful,” said Jason Murphy, a Legacy customer in New Hampshire who paid $6,300 for a trip with his 14-year-old son to Slovakia that never happened. Murphy’s son was selected to compete in a Legacy-operated elite hockey tournament in the capital of Bratislava on the Danube River.

“I guess all you can do is live and learn and chalk it up as a bad memory.”

Murphy is among a multitude of creditors Legacy has left empty-handed. In Greater Boston, they include the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association ($68,572), the New England Futbol Club ($33,795), the Junior Bruins hockey program ($28,576), and hundreds of other private entities, municipalities, and families. Much of the debt to private entities and municipalities involves athletic-facility rentals.

Legacy’s sudden insolvency left more than 400 people jobless, more than 130 in Massachusetts alone.

Yet for all the damage the company wrought, Legacy’s loss has barely nicked the $19 billion youth sports industry. Between May, when creditors forced the company into involuntary bankruptcy, and October, when Legacy liquidated much of its assets, rival organizations absorbed most of its 200,000 clients: parents who spend thousands of dollars a year on pay-to-play programs for their children to maximize their athletic potential.

‘The whole thing is awful. I guess all you can do is live and learn and chalk it up as a bad memory.’

Jason Murphy, a Legacy customer in New Hampshire who paid $6,300 for a trip that never happened

Where there is money to harvest in youth sports, there are people poised to reap it.

“I feel bad for the company’s employees and for everyone who paid for their kids to play and will never see their money again,” said David Geaslen, founder of Wilmington-based 3Step Sports, the nation’s largest youth sports club and event operator. “But every single kid who played for a Legacy program is going to be playing for somebody else.”

‘A nightmare case study’

Propelled by partnerships with Adidas and German soccer club Bayern Munich, Legacy’s founders once envisioned the company expanding at a rapid clip internationally. Now, critics say, it’s the skeleton of a business that chose profits over children.

“It’s all about the pay-to-play commercialization of youth sports,” said Chris Kessell, who operates a low-cost soccer program for inner-city children in Charleston, W.Va., and competed with a Legacy affiliate that ran a pricier operation. “Some people are making a lot of money, while the vast majority of kids are getting left behind.”

Legacy and its affiliates charged parents for children’s tryouts, registrations, uniforms, camps, clinics, showcases, tournaments, tours, and travel expenses, often to faraway locales. The faster the cash flowed, the more attractive the business became to private equity firms; one of them, New-York based Jefferson River Capital, gained a controlling stake of Legacy in 2018, not long before the sports enterprise entered its final, tumultuous phase.

Some perspective on Legacy’s financial calamity may be gleaned from a book by Stephen Griffin, the CEO who presided during most of the crash: “Front Row Seat: Greed and Corruption in a Youth Sports Company.”

Griffin, of Providence, describes the book as fiction, although he recounts experiences that appear strikingly similar to actual events, with the names of people and places changed.

In fact, a Legacy subsidiary alleges in a civil complaint that Joe Bradley, who ran the company’s soccer business, hid from senior executives and investors a pattern of dubious visa practices that are under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice.

Jefferson River also alleges in a civil complaint that John St. Pierre, who preceded Griffin as Legacy’s CEO, engaged in “fraudulent misconduct” by failing to disclose how unstable the company was before Jefferson River bought in.

Bradley and St. Pierre have denied any wrongdoing.

“If you identify with the personal attributes of certain questionable individuals in this book, I would encourage you to reassess your code of ethics,” Griffin wrote in a foreword.

In turn, Bradley and St. Pierre have filed lawsuits and counterclaims, alleging Griffin, Legacy, or its subsidiaries have defamed them and are responsible for the company’s downfall.

Griffin joined Legacy in 2017 as executive vice president of strategy, mergers, and acquisitions, at St. Pierre’s invitation. Within a year, St. Pierre alleges in court documents, Griffin orchestrated his wrongful firing, assumed his position as CEO, and began contributing with Jefferson River to the company’s demise.

St. Pierre and two fellow entrepreneurs founded Legacy in 2003.

“Legacy became a nightmare case study for entrepreneurs when they bring the wrong people into their business,” St. Pierre, of North Hampton, N.H., said in a statement to the Globe.

Jefferson River’s managers declined to comment.

Federal investigation
In 2016, Legacy under St. Pierre finalized its largest — and most fateful — acquisition, agreeing to pay $14.2 million for 80 percent of Waltham-based Global Premier Soccer, one of the country’s biggest youth soccer businesses. The transaction fueled Legacy’s growth but ultimately factored in its failure when Bradley, one of Global Premier’s founders, came under law enforcement scrutiny.

Bradley, who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, went on to play soccer for Harvard and captained the Crimson’s 1993 team. Legacy retained him to run the business, and Global Premier was generating nearly half Legacy’s revenue until federal investigators came calling.

On Oct. 9, 2019, agents swarmed Global Premier’s headquarters, seizing records and additional evidence. The company’s business model called in part for recruiting foreign soccer coaches for its clubs across the United States, and a Legacy subsidiary alleges in a civil claim that Bradley personally profited from running “an illegal visa scheme” by “recruiting foreign youth soccer coaches, while pretending they would serve as professional scouts for which P-1 visas could be obtained.”

P-1 visas are intended to cover professional athletes, entertainers, and their support staff.

Bradley, of Newton, has identified himself as a target of the federal investigation. He has said in court documents that Global Premier’s visa practices were legal and approved by immigration attorneys.

In a statement to the Globe, Bradley said, “While it was sad how GPS ended, I believe everybody involved with the organization can be proud of its contribution to youth soccer. Over the last two decades it has offered high-quality soccer training to thousands of boys and girls, helping scores of players reach their college soccer goals.”

Bradley declined to comment further about the investigation.

At least one other former Global Premier executive has been informed he is a target of the inquiry, according to two sources familiar with the case.

In May, one of Bradley’s former associates, Gavin MacPhee, a Scot who had served as Global Premier’s marketing director, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to obstructing justice by deleting the e-mail account of another company official during the investigation. MacPhee awaits sentencing and faces up to 20 years in prison, though he could receive leniency if he cooperates with prosecutors.

Griffin said Legacy itself has cooperated with federal prosecutors and conducted its own “significant and exhaustive investigation.”

Bradley was fired by Legacy, wrongfully, he says. He has since joined his brother, Peter Bradley, and Global Premier’s other initial investors in suing Legacy, Jefferson River, Griffin, and others for more than $4 million they allege they are owed.

Before the collapse, Legacy was operating in more than 30 states and numerous countries. The company controlled its own travel subsidiary, managing trips to elite youth sports events, some to Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Legacy also owned an apparel manufacturing company in the Dominican Republic. And it partnered in managing a youth sports village associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Ohio.

But the formula proved unsustainable. Jefferson River — the personal wealth office of billionaire businessman Tony James — mainly blames St. Pierre, alleging in a lawsuit that his “fraudulent misconduct” as CEO caused Jefferson River to overpay for its share of a troubled enterprise.

“The company was not what it was purported to be in the first place,” Griffin said. “We did our best to clean it up and turn it around.”

To the contrary, St. Pierre alleges, Griffin and Jefferson River overspent and mismanaged a successful enterprise into ruin.

“The unfortunate way this company was handled leading up to the COVID pandemic — including the use of money and power to suppress minority founders and shareholders; squandering millions of dollars on unnecessary overhead, high executive salaries, and outrageous attorney’s fees on frivolous litigation claims; creating a culture of harassment and intimidation; and ultimately not refunding customers for canceled events — is very disturbing,” St. Pierre said in his statement to the Globe.

Chuck Huggins, who served as Legacy’s chief financial officer under St. Pierre, was asked in a deposition if he knew why Griffin and others at Legacy had accused St. Pierre of fraudulent conduct. Huggins replied, “The firing of John was completely mishandled. It put Steve in as CEO in a situation that he probably didn’t understand and maybe didn’t have the capabilities to manage ... The performance has suffered and they’re blaming it all on John, which I disagree with.”

Opting for liquidation
Phil Silveira, Legacy’s last chief financial officer, defended Griffin and Legacy’s business practices. He joined the company after St. Pierre, Bradley, and Huggins had been fired.

“I understand the resentment some of those folks may have,” Silveira said. “It was their company. They started it, and they were terminated for a variety of reasons. But from a corporate perspective and for the size of the company we were, I didn’t see anything out of line.”

In Silveira’s view, COVID-19 ultimately killed the company. Last-ditch spending cuts failed. So did additional infusions of private equity funds.

“We had no cash coming in for months and months,” Silveira said. “We tried to hold onto any capital we had to see how long the situation might last, thinking we could come out on the other side of it.”

Legacy’s board, believing it might save the business through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, rejected offers from potential buyers rather than accept “fire sale” prices, according to Silveira. The board finally opted for a Chapter 7 liquidation.

In Griffin’s last months with Legacy, he said, he spent considerable time addressing internal problems created by St. Pierre, Bradley, and their former associates, and making personnel changes, largely because of the criminal investigation.

“Couple all of that with the COVID lockdown’s impact on our ability to manage live events and operate youth club sports, and the company ultimately ended up in a bankruptcy filing,” Griffin said.

Claims and counterclaims abound, and it will fall to the courts to resolve the disputes. But no one seems to dispute that a venture created to serve children and families ended up failing them.

Bob Hohler can be reached at ... l-inquiry/

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