March 10, 2023

Harvard women’s hockey team facing allegations of hazing that included ‘naked skates’: For the 2nd time in 3 months, the Harvard women’s hockey team & head coach Katey Stone are facing allegations of hazing & abusive behavior.

The latest report, from The Athletic, alleges that the program conducted annual “Naked Skates” & pressured underclassmen to mimic sex acts & drink alcohol at “Freshmen Fun Night,” among other instances that players within the program considered to be hazing.

At “Freshmen Fun Night,” first-year players were pressured to “put condoms on bananas, fake orgasms & act out skills that referenced their sexual orientation” in some instances, according to the report from Katie Strang & Hailey Salvian

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 05:09 PM - 1 comment

I'm a little late to this TB, but that was an interesting read. Growing up in hockey culture all the way into college, my sensibilities don't consider much of what was alleged here as "hazing." But I qualify that with: what my sensibilities, as a GenX kid who grew up in the 80's, tell me is or is not the case has very little relevance to life in 2023. And I don't say that as a bad thing at all. Times are changing, and in many instances for the better.

I'm also interested in the issue with "too many chiefs, not enough Indians." I understand that it's racially charged, but I don't see it as inherently racist. It's an old expression that I've heard hundreds of times when there were no indigenous persons at which it could have been directed. I agree that it's outdated and should be retired, but I just don't think that Stone can be considered racist based solely on using an outdated expression.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:25 PM on March 13, 2023

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