The Chicago Blackhawks say assistant coach Marc Crawford will remain suspended until Jan. 2 before resuming his duties. Crawford was on leave while the team looked into allegations of misconduct from previous jobs. The Blackhawks say Crawford sought counseling beginning in 2010 and continues regular therapy. The 1996 Stanley Cup-winning coach apologized to former players Sean Avery, Harold Druken, Patrick O'Sullivan and Brent Sopel, who came forward with allegations of physical and verbal abuse. Crawford's actions came to light after players' accusations toward Bill Peters led to him resigning as Calgary Flames coach.

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