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Duffer’s Dabbles: Former Red Wing Sopel Says Blackhawks Knew About Aldrich; Several NHL Suitors For Suter

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Former Red Wings defenseman Brent Sopel says that the Chicago Blackhawks knew about assistant coach Brad Aldrich assaulting team members.

In 2007, defenseman Brent Sopel was in camp on a pro tryout with the Detroit Red Wings. He left when offered a more lucrative deal by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2009-10, Sopel played 22 playoff games as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

That was also the season in which allegations have been made that Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted players on the team. Sopel told TSN that everyone in the organzation was aware of the allegations, countering claims by several team officials that that didn’t know about it.

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San Jose Podcast: Trade, Marry, Expose?  Brent Burns, Evander Kane, and Kevin Labanc. If you’re a hockey podcast nut, this is fun. 

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