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The puck stops here: San Jose hockey hazing allegations

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State University has suspended it’s highly ranked club hockey team amid questions about drinking and hazing. The team’s game Friday night against San Diego State University was postponed as university officials started an investigation into the 25-member team “We received a telephone call from a parent who was very concerned about behavior among team members and we understand this behavior involves drinking,” university spokeswoman Pat Harris said.The school would not comment on the specifics but a source told KTVU’s Lloyd LaCuesta that there was video of a rookie, under age player, drinking alcohol out of a skating boot. In another incident, some team members drank alcohol on a flight from an out-of-town game.The team and parents held a closed door meeting Friday night. Afterward only the coach would speak, but he wasn’t saying much about allegations.”I’m confident the players will be exonerated from any of the allegations,” Coach Ron Glasow 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. 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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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