Crawford was put on leave by the group two weeks ago after claims of physical abuse from previous players such as Sean Avery and Brent Sopel surfaced in the media. The concerns with Crawford emerged after Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters resigned following accusations he directed racial slurs at a Nigerian-born player with one of Chicago's minor league groups a years back. The 58-year-old Crawford signed up with head coach Jeremy Colliton's staff in June. Crawford was the interim head coach for Ottawa at the end of last season.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced assistant coach Marc Crawford's suspension will extend through Jan. 2., 2020 on Monday.

Crawford was put on leave by the team 2 weeks ago after allegations of physical abuse from former players such as Sean Avery and Brent Sopel surfaced in the media."Through our evaluation, we validated that Marc proactively sought expert counselling to work to improve and become a better communicator, person and coach. We learned that Marc started counselling in 2010 and he has continued treatment on a regular basis because. The Blackhawks added that they found no such incidents had actually accompanied Crawford since he joined the team.

Crawford, in a declaration, excused the previous incidents and validated that he had "regularly taken part in counselling over the last decade where I have faced how distressing my behaviour was towards others."

"I entered into training to help people, and to believe that my actions in any way triggered damage to even one player fills me with significant remorse and dissatisfaction in myself. I used inappropriate language and conduct toward players in hopes of inspiring them, and, often went too far," Crawford stated.

"As I deeply regret this behaviour, I have actually worked hard over the last years to improve both myself and my coaching design."

'I am and will continue to belong of the option'

Avery said Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice charge when he bet Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006-07 season. Sopel said Crawford kicked him, choked him and got the back of his jersey and pulled it back while with Vancouver.

The problems with Crawford emerged after Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters resigned following accusations he directed racial slurs at a Nigerian-born gamer with one of Chicago's minors teams a years earlier. Others claimed Peters kicked and punched gamers behind the bench throughout his recent time with Carolina.

The 58-year-old Crawford signed up with head coach Jeremy Colliton's personnel in June. Crawford was the interim head coach for Ottawa at the end of last season. He also has actually worked as the head coach for Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dallas, leading the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup title in 1996.

Crawford stated he wishes to make the video game much better and motivates anybody impacted by him to connect to him.

"There is an important discussion taking place in hockey today," Crawford stated. "I am and will continue to be a part of the service moving forward. These conversations will set the course for future generations. I devote to being delicate to the process, and most of all, listening to individual point of views and feelings."