“Winning at all costs shouldn’t be the priority” – Sheldon Kennedy

According to him, the organization acted to archaic way by making use of a systemic response which needs to be changed as quickly as possible.

Beach, a former Chicago Blackhawks prospect, revealed Wednesday that he was the victim of coach Brad Aldrich in the spring of 2010.

We must get to a point where winning at all costs is not the top priority, did he declare. Policies and procedures alone will not change the culture in sport.

Kennedy has spoken out on numerous occasions advocating for victims of sexual abuse since revealing that he himself was sexually assaulted for five years by his own trainer while playing at the junior level.

In interview at TSN, Beach confessed to feeling lonely and isolated in the days following the assault. An investigation revealed that the top management of the organization had taken note of Aldrich’s actions, but preferred not to publicize the matter.

The NHL has sanctioned the organization, which will have to pay a sum of $ 2 million, and team general manager Stan Bowman has resigned.

Kennedy, who played eight seasons with the Bruins, Flames and Red Wings, is also the co-founder of Respect Group, an organization dedicated to fighting bullying, discrimination, harassment and abuse.

I believe that these issues, and what we want to improve, really go through speaking out. I think a lot of people regret not being able to speak under different circumstances.

The situation [de Kyle Beach] should give power and confidence to many people, in the NHL but also outside the league.

A quote from:Sheldon Kennedy

Greg Gilhooly, also a former player victim of sexual abuse, recalls that in sport, only one person can decide the fate of a young athlete.

The player is always at the mercy of a coach or someone higher up in management, he said. It’s a ladder you’re trying to climb, and anyone can knock you down.

Gilhooly, now a lawyer, adds that in similar cases members of an organization are tempted to take a selfish approach. The people directly affected will not think of the victim. They try to protect themselves.