Dal women's hockey team forfeits season following hazing incident

January 4, 2013

Dalhousie University has suspended almost all of the members of its women's hockey team -- effectively forfeiting the rest of the season -- for participating in a hazing ritual at a house party last September. "There were cases of intimidation, excessive drinking, personal disrespect, humiliation -- in short, bullying," a Dal spokesman says. "It's a clear case of hazing and it's not something that we tolerate at Dalhousie." He says it was the first-year players who were hazed, so they were not suspended; however, 19 out of 24 players were, forcing the team to forfeit the remainder of the season. The suspended players will not face any academic punishment, the spokesman says. "What we're hoping next year is that everyone will have learned from this and that in the 2013-2014 season, we have a team that will be that much more welcoming of new players, where intimidation will be a thing of the past." Globe and Mail | Chronicle Herald | CBC | Canadian Press