Blackhawks investigating conduct of assistant coach Marc Crawford

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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.

Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan also had tweeted a criticism of Crawford, saying on November 27, "Abuse of power has no place in hockey or in anything else".

Sean Avery claims Crawford kicked him while he was playing for the Los Angeles Kings, during a 7-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on December 23, 2006, after the forward was responsible for a too many men on the ice penalty against the Kings. "He didn't ask me to serve him, they marked us and he let me have him".

Assistant coach Marc Crawford was placed on leave by the Chicago Blackhawks Monday evening, pending an investigation into allegations of physical abuse against forward Sean Avery when Crawford coached the Los Angeles Kings in 2006. Marc Crawford will be out of the team during this time and the organization will have no further comments. until the end of the review, "said the statement".

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Avery told the Post that he was on Crawford's bad side after an incident in practice a few days earlier. "He came down and gave me an ass kick that left a mark".

Last year, Brent Sopel, who played under Crawford in 1999, claimed in a podcast that he was also kicked by Crawford.

After Mike Babcock was sacked 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. Peters' abuse was traced back to his 2008-2011 tenure as the Blackhawks' AHL coach in Rockford, where he made racist comments to at least one and potentially multiple black players.

Coming off the heels of Bill Peters' resignation due to reports of using a racial slur and allegations of physical abuse from the former Calgary Flames head coach, Crawford's name has been added to the list of National Hockey League coaches who have some ghosts in the closet.

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