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Q&A with Gary Bettman: NHL commissioner says Rocky Wirtz ‘had a moment’ during his town hall outburst but added the Chicago Blackhawks are ‘committed to doing the right things’

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Kim Davis: “I can talk about that work because I’ve been working directly and Danny and Jaime around the specifics. You may know that a couple (of) months ago we rolled out a leaguewide initiative called Respect Hockey. And embedded in that are what we call training around ‘BAHD’ behaviors, the acronym ‘BAHD’ standing for bullying, abuse of all kinds, harassment and discrimination. And Sheldon Kennedy is one of our partners in that. As you know, Sheldon Kennedy went through a similar situation of sexual abuse many years ago and he started company in Calgary that helps organizations, specifically hockey in this case, work through and train and create learning around this. The Blackhawks were one of first teams to step up to be part of this. But they’ve gone even further than the work that they were doing around Respect, which is not just training but also providing mental support, abuse counseling for both victims and their families, and so they have been very intentional about making sure that there are services that are wrapped around this so that this never happens again.”

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