Joel Quenneville remained in place as coach of the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, sooner or later earlier than he travels to New York for a gathering with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that can doubtless decide if he can maintain his job.

Meanwhile, the participant who stated he was sexually assaulted by a member of Quenneville’s Chicago teaching workers in May 2010 went public together with his id — he is former first-round choose Kyle Beach — and stated he is sure Quenneville knew in regards to the allegations after they have been made in the course of the Blackhawks’ run to the Stanley Cup that season.

“There’s absolutely no way that he can deny knowing it,” Beach informed TSN.

An investigation, the results of which were released Tuesday, discovered that the allegations Beach made in opposition to then-assistant Brad Aldrich have been largely ignored by the crew for 3 weeks after a May 23, 2010, assembly discussing them came about.

That was the identical day Chicago completed off a four-game sweep of San Jose to succeed in the Stanley Cup ultimate, and Beach informed TSN that primarily based on what others concerned have stated he believes that Quenneville thought “trying to win a Stanley Cup was more important than sexual assault.”

Beach stated a gathering about his claims — it was not clear which one he was referring to — came about in Quenneville’s workplace.

“I hope through and through that Gary Bettman takes this seriously and that he does his due diligence … before he makes his decision,” Beach informed TSN.

Beach’s interview aired in Canada about an hour earlier than the Panthers performed host to the Boston Bruins. Quenneville was behind the bench together with his crew for the sport, like common.

How for much longer he’ll have the job is most unsure.

The Panthers have been off to a flying begin this season, starting 6-0-0 for the primary time in franchise historical past getting into Wednesday. Then got here Tuesday, when Quenneville was named within the report, and the Panthers instantly had a serious subject on their fingers.

“Our focus is on the ice,” Florida defenseman Brandon Montour insisted Wednesday, earlier than the sport.

Quenneville learn from a ready assertion after the crew’s morning skate Wednesday, saying he couldn’t talk about the specifics as a result of the investigation is ongoing.

The success Quenneville had in Chicago — three Stanley Cups — was why Florida introduced him in to teach the Panthers somewhat over two seasons in the past. He’s one of many greatest explanation why this Florida crew believes it, lastly, can win a title.

Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL historical past, his 968 victories trailing solely the 1,244 amassed by Scotty Bowman — the daddy of now-former Blackhawks basic supervisor Stan Bowman, who resigned Tuesday when the investigation’s findings have been launched.

Quenneville was introduced into Florida to show round a long-struggling franchise, one which had cycled by means of 15 coaches in 25 seasons, together with 5 in a six-season span earlier than Quenneville was employed.

“He’s going to be the coach that’s going to bring us to the Cup,” Panthers ahead Jonathan Huberdeau stated when Quenneville was employed in 2019.

It stays most unsure if Quenneville will nonetheless have an opportunity to show Huberdeau proper.