Bettman to meet with Quenneville on Thursday, Cheveldayoff on Monday
Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will meet separately with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss their involvement in the Chicago Blackhawks' mishandling of an alleged sexual assault in 2010.
Quenneville's meeting will take place Thursday in New York, the coach told reporters, including the Boston Globe's Matt Porter. Cheveldayoff will meet with Bettman on Monday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Quenneville coached the Blackhawks from 2008-18. He said in July that he'd first learned of the allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich through media reporting on two related lawsuits against the team. However, the findings of an independent investigation contradict his statement.
According to the investigation, Quenneville and Cheveldayoff - then an assistant general manager with Chicago - were part of a May 2010 meeting in which Blackhawks executives were informed that Aldrich had behaved in a sexually inappropriate way toward a player. The organization didn't act on the information until reporting it to human resources three weeks later, several days after the team won the Stanley Cup.
Quenneville said Wednesday he won't comment further until he's had his meeting with Bettman. Quenneville also said he discussed matters with the Panthers and they will work to "eliminate all distractions."
Cheveldayoff issued a statement Tuesday saying he will continue to cooperate with the NHL after participating in the Blackhawks' investigation.
Quenneville will be behind the bench for Florida's clash with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.