"Marc Crawford will be away from the team during this time and the organization will have no further comment until completion of the review", the statement read.
The 39-year-old, who retired in 2012, said he found the incident more puzzling than upsetting, and on Monday told The Post he has not yet been contacted by the Blackhawks or the National Hockey League with regards to an investigation.
Assistant coach Marc Crawford was placed on leave by the Chicago Blackhawks Monday evening, pending an investigation into allegations of physical abuse against forward Sean Avery when Crawford coached the Los Angeles Kings in 2006.More news: Metro by T-Mobile will launch 5G coverage and Galaxy Note 10
Per the team's official Twitter account, Crawford - in his first season with the team - will not be with the organization while this review takes place.
Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan - who debuted for Crawford's Kings in 2006-07 - also tweeted last week that he "went through very bad things with my first NHL coach, who knew my abuse background as a child".
Avery told the Post that he was on Crawford's bad side after an incident in practice a few days earlier.More news: Avatar 2 marks end of filming (for 2019) with massive set photo
"I understand the reason for a review", Colliton said after Monday night's 4-0 loss to St. Louis.
Marc Crawford has long held a reputation for being a hard, fiery coach to play for. "He attacked guys personally", Sopel said of Crawford, who served as Canucks head coach from 1998-06.
Ex-NHLer Daniel Carcillo posted a transcript of former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel discussing Crawford's troubling behavior over one year ago on the Spittin Chiclets podcast. Brent Sopel, a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks team, told the popular Spittin' Chiclets podcast previous year that Crawford regularly berated him verbally, and that he "kicked me, choked me".More news: Red Wings lose big again, this time to Flyers 6-1
O'Sullivan's comments came as the Calgary Flames fired coach Bill Peters following accusations of being violent and directing racial slurs toward players.