Joel Quenneville was behind the bench for the Florida Panthers on Wednesday for their game against the Boston Bruins, and the hockey world couldn’t understand why.
After an investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 sexual assault scandal, it was announced that Quenneville — who was coaching Chicago at the time — was aware of the allegations of abuse at the time. Despite the damning revelation, Quenneville was permitted to coach the Panthers as he awaits a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday.
With Kyle Beach bravely coming forward as John Doe in the investigation and saying “there’s absolutely no way that Quenneville can deny knowing it,” the hockey community was outraged that the coach was able to lead the Panthers against the Bruins.
Here’s what fans, players and reporters had to say:
Gotta be honest I find it beyond bizarre Joel Quenneville is coaching in the NHL tonight
– Ryan Whitney
How Joel Quenneville was allowed to step behind a NHL bench tonight is beyond me. Given what we’ve learned in the last 30 hours, there’s no reason for him to be working while the league process plays out.
– Chris Johnston
Joel Quenneville has an in-person hearing with Gary Bettman tomorrow. When a player is suspended and has an in-person hearing, he can’t play in an NHL game until the hearing is held. The same should apply to Quenneville. He should not be behind the bench for the Panthers tonight.
– Ken Campbell
The Panthers did not make Quenneville available to reporters after the Panthers’ 4-1 win over the Bruins, leading to even more criticism on social media.
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