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Sport Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford being investigated over allegation of physical abuse

05:50  03 december  2019
05:50  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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  After detailing abuse allegations, ex-NHL player Sean Avery comes out in support of Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford: 'I deserved it' CHICAGO - The Blackhawks aren't talking while they review allegations made against assistant coach Marc Crawford that he was physically abusive toward former player Sean Avery while both were with the Kings. Crawford, who was placed on leave by the Hawks before Monday night's game against the Blues, isn't available for interviews. But Avery is talking, and he's coming out in support of Crawford, who was placed on leave by the Hawks before Monday night’s game against the Blues, isn’t available for interviews. But Avery is talking, and he’s coming out in support of Crawford.

The Blackhawks are investigating assistant coach Marc Crawford over "recent allegations that have been made regarding his conduct with another Former player Akim Aliu alleged Peters directed racial epithets toward him when they were in the minors 10 years ago. Peters admitted to the incident

Marc Crawford was not behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues on Monday because the Blackhawks 30. "You know how I stand at the end of the bench? He came down and gave me [a butt] kick that left a mark ." Crawford was Los Angeles coach

The Chicago Blackhawks said Monday that assistant coach Marc Crawford will stay away from the team while it investigates an allegation made by a former player.

Marc Crawford et al. standing in front of a crowd: Marc Crawford is being investigated by the Blackhawks for an allegation made by Sean Avery when both were with the Kings.© Victor Decolongon, Getty Images Marc Crawford is being investigated by the Blackhawks for an allegation made by Sean Avery when both were with the Kings.

"The Chicago Blackhawks will be conducting a thorough review of assistant coach Marc Crawford based on the recent allegations that have been made regarding his conduct with another organization," the team said.

Sean Avery had told the New York Post that Crawford had kicked him during an NHL game in the 2006-07 season while Crawford was head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Marc Crawford as an assistant coach on Jeremy Colliton's staff. Crawford was the interim head coach for Ottawa at the end of last season. Colliton is entering his first full season as Blackhawks coach after taking over for the fired Joel Quenneville on Nov.

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“He kicked me after a too-many-men-on-the-ice call I took,” Avery said. “He didn’t have me serve it, we got scored on, and he let me have it.

“You know how I stand at the end of the bench? He came down and gave me a kick (in the behind) that left a mark.”

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The Post reported that Avery found the incident more “bemusing” than upsetting.

But it's part of a trend of NHL players making accusations against coaches that already has cost Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters his job.

After Mike Babcock was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Akim Aliu, a former NHL player born in Nigeria, tweeted that Peters, a one-time assistant to Babcock on the Detroit Red Wings, used a racial slur in his presence in the American Hockey League a decade ago.

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The Blackhawks are investigating assistant coach Marc Crawford over "recent allegations that have been made regarding his conduct with another organization." Crawford will be away from the team during the investigation , the team said. Hurricanes out for vengeance against blazing Bruins.

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Michal Jordan later tweeted that Peters had kicked him in the back during a game while Peters was coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peters resigned from the Flames on Friday.

Babcock also came under further scrutiny Monday when Hall of Famer Chris Chelios told the Spittin Chiclets podcast that Babcock's tirade against Johan Franzen in a 2012 playoff game led the then-Red Wings player to have a nervous breakdown.

In an interview with Expressen, a Swedish publication, Franzen confirmed that incident and called Babcock "a terrible person, the worst I ever met. He’s a bully who was attacking people. It could be a cleaner at the arena in Detroit or anybody. He would lay into people without any reason.”

Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan also had tweeted a criticism of Crawford, saying on Nov. 27, "Abuse of power has no place in hockey or in anything else. As someone who went through awful things with my first NHL coach who knew my abuse background as a child, I hope they all get what’s coming to them and I hope it happens fast."

Sean Avery says coach kicked him when playing for Kings

  Sean Avery says coach kicked him when playing for Kings Sean Avery told the New York Post that Marc Crawford, currently a Blackhawks assistant coach, kicked him during an NHL game during the 2006-07 season.At the time, Crawford was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and Avery was his player.

The Blackhawks are investigating assistant coach Marc Crawford over "recent allegations that have been made regarding his conduct with another organization." Crawford will be away from the team during the investigation , the team said. Hurricanes out for vengeance against blazing Bruins.

Crawford 's son, Dylan, is an assistant video coach for Chicago. Colliton is entering his first full season as Blackhawks coach after taking over The Blackhawks announced the move on Tuesday. Colliton's staff also includes assistants Sheldon Brookbank and Tomas Mitell, goaltending coach

O'Sullivan joined the NHL with the Kings while Crawford was there.

The Blackhawks said they would have no comment until their investigation is complete.

Contributing: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford being investigated over allegation of physical abuse

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