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

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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