We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s possible the post-game handshake between youth sports teams has outlived its usefulness. Yes, 99% of the time nothing happens, but on a more frequent basis the calm exchange of pleasantries is used as a way to retaliate against an unwitting opponent who thinks the action has stopped. In the past, we’ve had cheap shot punches, kids with tacks hidden in their gloves and other nastiness. Now comes possibly the worst thing we’ve seen: an youth hockey coach uses the post game handshake to trip an opposing player, 13, causing the kid to fall and break his wrist. And his team even one the game!
Was it just an accident? Unlikely as the coach takes a wide swing with his leg (something you don’t do while wearing shoes on the ice) and then points at the fallen player as if to say “you know why I did that.” Still, even if the kid did the most unspeakable hockey thing you can imagine (keeping all his own teeth until he’s an adult) that’s no reason to trip him.
Word on the street is that police in British Columbia are looking at this video and considering filing charges.
You gotta admit those Canadians are crazy about their hockey. Certainly crazy enough to show up at a frigid ice arena to watch the game with nothing but bod paint to cover her, uh, “top half.” Actually not a bad paint job, but the fabric looks a bit stretched out if you ask me. You’d think Vancouver would have some kind of rules against this, but then again, it is Canada where almost anything goes when it comes to hockey. Did anyone happen to catch this during the broadcast of a the game? Link contains for SFW and NSFW versions of the pictures. Proceed at your own risk.
Okay, so the administration at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada isn’t saying that an event involving consuming large amounts of alcohol held by veteran members of the school’s men’s volleyball team caused the death of a team member . . . but they come pretty darn close. You see, back in October, volleyball team member Andrew Jason Bartlett was found dead in an apartment stairwell. After some intense investigation, police found that Bartlett had spent the evening with members of the volleyball team participating in some drinking games where rookies were required to pay more for their booze than the veterans. Translation: we expect you to drink more than we do.
So far, police do not have evidence to directly connect the evening’s event with Bartlett’s death, but St. Thomas isn’t taking and chances and they have suspended the volleyball team for a year. Anyone still want to argue that sports hazing is a harmless team building exercise? Want to try and convince Barlett’s grieving parents of that?
St. Thomas University in New Brunswick has suspended its men’s volleyball team for the rest of the school year after concluding it organized a hazing party attended by a team member who later died. Andrew Jason Bartlett was found dead in a Fredericton apartment in October after going to a party with teammates. Police said criminal activity did not lead to the 21-year-old man’s death but that alcohol was a contributing factor in an accidental fall that killed him. The university launched its own investigation after rumours surfaced that an initiation party had been held.
University president Dennis Cochrane said the review, carried out by registrar Larry Batt and athletics director Mike Eagles, shows that team members made a collective decision to buy alcohol and that rookie players such as Bartlett were required to pay more than the veteran members of the team. “There was a very clear identification of rookies, very clearly a treatment of them different than other members of the team,” Cochrane told a news conference Thursday.
He said a party involving drinking games began on-campus before migrating off-campus, but added that there was no evidence that anyone was forced to drink.
Wow! Leave it to the Canadians to have a HS coach sex scandal going back nearly 60 years! And one that not only involves a coach, but a guy who was also a priest at the time and is now dying of cancer.
Here are the strange details of this story from The Star:
William Hodgson Marshall was a young Roman Catholic priest who taught mathematics with the same zest he coached basketball. That was the one-two punch he delivered to Toronto’s prestigious St. Michael’s College School six decades ago: A high-energy presence in the classroom and the gym to inspire hundreds of boys, including future NHLers. Today the cleric — now 88, battling cancer and living in retirement — is facing two charges of indecent assault on a former St. Mike’s student, now 72 years old.
The charges came Wednesday, just days after Pope Benedict’s trip to England where he publicly apologized for the international sexual abuse crisis swamping the Catholic Church. Marshall is at the centre of a second sexual abuse case, in Windsor. He’s facing one count of sexual assault and five counts of indecent assault involving six victims in the border city. Those allegations are from the 1950s and the 1980s.
None of the allegations have been tested in court. The Toronto charges stem from an incident in 1953. At the Basilian-run, all-boys school famed for producing hockey stars, 1953 was a typical year in a decade that sent players like Frank Mahovlich, Dick Duff, Murray Costello and Dave Keon to the NHL. Mahovlich, now a senator, said through an aide in his Ottawa parliamentary office Wednesday that he doesn’t remember Marshall from his high school days. Duff and Costello could not be reached for comment.
But hockey was not Marshall’s sports passion. It was basketball, at which he excelled as a coach of championship squads. Basketball was also the link between the priest and the Toronto complainant. It is alleged that in the fall of 1953, Marshall was coaching an after-school basketball program at St. Mike’s. The priest asked the student, then 15 years old, to come into a private room where the boy says he was assaulted. Police believe there may be more alleged victims.