Hazing News

Hockey hazing: Dutchmen (January 2007)


Alex Sotnyk, a player from New Jersey who the Kitchener Rangers sent to their Dutchmen affiliate on a junior B card, found his stick taped up, with the words “F—ing Yankee” written on it.

Sotnyk responded by putting hair conditioner and tape remover in the equipment of some of the Dutchmen players.

In a phone interview, Sotnyk admitted he also told Cocks that he urinated in his skates, but denied actually doing so.

Cocks indicated in a phone interview last week that Beck gave a written apology to Sotnyk for the words on the stick.

Yesterday, for whatever reason, Cocks was wearing new skates.

Hecktus said the Dutchmen remain affiliated with the Rangers and he expected that relationship to continue between the two teams.

“It’s not under review and it’s never been discussed,” he said.

No Rangers were in the Dutchmen lineup yesterday and Hecktus did not know if the Rangers intended to send any more players down to the Dutchmen.

Hecktus also said he doubted any Dutchmen players would give interviews after the game.

“We want to put it behind us and move forward,” he said.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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