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Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks released the findings of an independent investigation Tuesday that centered on "disturbing" sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2010.

Driving the news: The report found that the team's senior management had "violated" the Blackhawks' own sexual harassment policy and failed to properly address sexual harassment and assault allegations.

  • The NHL later announced it had fined the organization $2 million for its "inadequate internal procedures" and untimely response regarding former video coach Brad Aldrich's employment.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks acknowledged their mishandling of sexual misconduct, saying they "did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents."
  • Stan Bowman, the team's general manager who was one of the senior leaders cited in the investigation, announced his resignation following the release of the report.

Details: The investigation, which was conducted by former assistant U.S. attorney Reid Schar, centered on the statements of a player, referred to as John Doe in the report, who alleged that Aldrich had sexually assaulted him in the latter's apartment.

  • Aldrich told investigators that the "encounter" was consensual, per the report, and denied sexually assaulting John Doe.
  • The scope of the investigation was "broad and comprehensive," and it included the testimony of more than 1oo witnesses, according to the league.

What they're saying: "We deeply regret the harm caused to John Doe and the other individuals who were affected and the failure to promptly respond," the team said in a statement addressing the investigation.

  • "What we do off the ice is equally as important as anything we do on it."
  • "The team needs to focus on its future, and my continued participation would be a distraction," Bowman said in a statement.
  • "I relied on the direction of my superior that he would take appropriate action. Looking back, now knowing he did not handle the matter promptly, I regret assuming he would do so," he added.

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Fallout from Blackhawks scandal continues

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville listens to questions during their end-of-season media availability at the United Center on April 22, 2017. Photo: Jim Young/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Late last night, Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers, where he had led the team to a 7-0 start. Coach Q owns the best playoff record (76-52) in Blackhawks history, including winning three Stanley Cups. He was let go by the Hawks in 2018. In Chicago, we are used to seeing cover-up scandals in politics and business, but sports scandals are usually about on-the-field failures or off-the-field legal run-ins.

  • This Blackhawks scandal is different.

Americans are super-sizing their holiday travel

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Americans are rushing back into holiday travel, and many are taking even longer trips now than they did before the pandemic began.

The big picture: After skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings last year, many people are eager to maximize this year's celebrations with friends and family. And flexible remote working arrangements make that easier than ever.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.