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Islanders: Anders Lee Comments On Kyle Beach’s Story

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates by during a time out in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates by during a time out in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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What happened to Kyle Beach is a downright travesty. This week, details were released from the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault allegation investigation, and last night Beach revealed himself as John Doe in the story.

If you haven’t read the details of the report (graphic content warning) you can read the 107-page report here, I won’t go into further details on that part of the story here.

Last night on TSN, Beach revealed himself as the victim and spoke for 25 minutes with Rick Westhead:

Following the interview, both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews who were members of the 2010 Blackhawks answered questions. Both players missed the mark by showing support for former General Manager Stan Bowman.

How is it that a 23-year-old, Alex DeBrincat gave the best answer representing this team and he’s only been a part of the organization for the last five years?

It’s been a huge story going around the NHL world, as it should, and when speaking with the media today, Islanders captain Anders Lee commented on the horrific story:

This is what a captain is supposed to sound like, Jonathan. How is it that Anders Lee, who has no involvement in the incident, the player, the team, etc. able to give a well-thought-out and appropriate answer than the captain of that team?

It’s disgusting what the Blackhawks did then and for all those years after, it’s disgusting that Joel Quenneville got to coach last night, and it’s disgusting that two of the biggest faces from that era of Chicago hockey pretty much got away with saying that he respects both Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac.

"“I have a lot of respect for them as people. They’re good people. When it comes down to how they feel looking back on the situation, that’s not up to me to comment on.”"

I appreciate Anders’ words today on this subject and am once again thankful that he is the voice of this Islanders team. He’s right, this can never happen again and the entire sport is responsible for making sure that the environment isn’t conducive to these things even being possible.

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