Former Penguin goalkeeper joins federal lawsuit over allegations of sexual abuse

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Pietrangelo played for Minnesota from 1982 to 1986. Adrahtas was a goalkeeping coach at the university from 1984 to 1985. Pietrangelo, now 56, claims to have been a victim of sexual abuse during his tenure.

In an interview with Chicago TV broadcaster WBBM, a CBS subsidiary, Pietrangelo said Adrahtas had inappropriately touched him during “visual practices” behind closed doors. Pietrangelo said he was sometimes blindfolded during this time.

During the 1984/85 season, the goalkeeper complained to both Adrahta’s and Minnesota’s head coach Brad Buetow about the “visualization practices” and said they made him uncomfortable, according to a statement from the law firm representing Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo said his concerns had been addressed.

“This was a nightmare for a lot of people,” Pietrangelo told WBBM television, adding, “I believe [Adrahtas has] did this from day one. I think he did that every year, wherever he was. “

Pietrangelo joined a federal lawsuit filed in Minnesota last month. Five men initially sued the trainer, the university and other organizations, alleging that Adrahtas used his position to sexually harass them. Others in the lawsuit accused Adrahtas of posing as women in order to engage in sexual acts on them.

After leaving the University of Minnesota in 1985, Adrahtas returned to Illinois to coach youth hockey, where the abuse allegedly continued. Most recently, he was employed by Robert Morris University of Illinois and resigned in 2018.

Pietrangelo was a Penguins pick in the fourth round in 1983. In 1987 he made his NHL debut. He supported Tom Barrasso during their 1991 cup run.

Pietrangelo was called into action in the first round 3-2 against the New Jersey Devils that year and rescued Devils star Peter Stastny with a long glove to help them fend off the elimination and ultimately win their first trophy. Three decades later, it is still known as “The Save” in Pittsburgh.

Pietrangelo won four of his five starts in this postseason run, including 27 saves to rule out the Devils in Game 7 of this first round series.

Pietrangelo is from Ontario and was sold to the Hartford Whalers in 1992. He spent three seasons with the Whalers. His last NHL game was in 1994.


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