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Hockey incident from three years ago surfaces: Sudbury Star – Sudbury,Ontario,Canada

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A so-called Sudbury Wolves hazing incident that apparently took place three years ago “has been addressed,” Wolves head coach/GM Mike Foligno said Wednesday.

“It was brought to our attention and we handled it and made everyone involved understand the importance of behaving properly,” Foligno said.

In a story that focused on former Windsor Spitfires coach Moe Mantha, The Globe and Mail reported Saturday the Wolves were involved in what it called a hazing incident three years ago, shortly after the infamous Akim Aliu-Steve Downie incident in Windsor.

The Globe reported several rookies were taken to the middle of Long Lake in a boat and told to jump in the water, with one player who refused being pushed into the lake with his clothes on.

The players were told to swim under the boat, the Globe said, then were swatted on the buttocks with wooden spoons, spatulas and a butcher knife wrapped in newspaper.

The story said the incident took place at Foligno’s home while he was not there.

Foligno disputes the information in the Globe article where it pertains to his hockey club.

“It did not take place after the Aliu incident (in Windsor) and there was no knife involved,” he said.

Foligno was surprised at the interest the short Globe and Mail mention brought.

“It’s not what was talked about in the paper and it was blown out of proportion,” he said. “It’s a non-issue. It was handled and all parties involved were spoken to, concerned parents, too.”

The OHL has a zero tolerance policy for hazing, and Foligno said he will not put up with hazing on his team.

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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