Marc Crawford was not behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues on Monday because the Blackhawks are investigating allegations that he abused a former player.

Sean Avery claims Crawford kicked him while he was playing for the Los Angeles Kings, during a 7-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Dec. 23, 2006, after the forward was responsible for a too many men on the ice penalty against the Kings.

"He didn't have me serve it, we got scored on, and he let me have it," Avery told the New York Post in comments published Nov. 30. "You know how I stand at the end of the bench? He came down and gave me [a butt] kick that left a mark."

Crawford was Los Angeles coach for two seasons, from 2006-08.