University of Minnesota launches sex assault investigation against former Gophers hockey assistant coach

It follows a report published this week by The Athletic.
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The University of Minnesota has launched an investigation into one of its former hockey coaches after an article this week alleged historic sexual assault allegations against him.

The article in The Athletic went live on Saturday, alleging multiple accusations of inappropriate behavior with players, many of which were sexual in nature, against Thomas "Chico" Adrahtas.

The allegations date back not only to his work with several hockey programs in the Chicago area over the past 35 years, but also the season he spent as the assistant to Gophers hockey head coach Brad Buetow in the 1984-85 season.

In a statement sent to BMTN on Tuesday, U of M president Joan Gabel said: "The University takes this disturbing report seriously and is taking immediate steps – including the retention of the law firm Perkins Coie – to determine what happened.

"The University is committed to providing support for our former students consistent with our public responsibilities and dedication to a supportive, inclusive and safe environment for our entire community."

As part of its investigation, it's asking anyone with knowledge of Adrahtas' activities at the university to get in touch with its legal team by emailing minn@perkinscoie.com, a dedicated email address set up specifically to help with the investigation.

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The Athletic article says that Adrahtas kept getting jobs despite "rumblings of misconduct and concern about his behavior ... the most persistent concerned his short time in Minnesota."

The allegations against Adrahtas say he manipulated and sexually abused players, who said he "weaponized their dreams and exploited their trust in order to take advantage of them sexually."

Among other things, at least two former Gophers said Adrahtas coerced players into oral sex while they were blindfolded and restrained. He was fired after word of the misconduct came to the attention of then Gophers AD Paul Giel, but Adrahtas was still able to get work elsewhere.

You can read the full article here, though it's behind a paywall.

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