[Updated] A look at the Tigers Hazing Scandal

Just a month ago, Tigers were settling into another 'home' at the Metro Centre

Just a month ago, Tigers were settling into another ‘home’ at the Metro Centre

[Update] In a Dalhousie Gazette exclusive, a player  spoke out against the sanctions amid hazing allegations and felt the time was right to set the story straight. (Dalhousie Gazette)

Thursday evening the news of that the Dalhousie Women’s Varsity Hockey team would forfeit the rest of the season, a result of suspending all senior players on the team amid allegations of hazing and an almost two month investigation.

We’re instantly reminded of former hazing scandals whether it’s the ‘Dr. Broom’ story at McGill or just a few years ago closer to home, where stories broke of hazing in residence’s at St. Francis Xavier University.

What first appeared to be a straight forward case and suspension, took a new twist as parents came to the defence of their daughters and claiming that the University had overblown the situation, including details that the team were made to sign a contract to keep quiet on the investigation and incident.

It has been quite the few seasons for the Tigers with Head Coach Leslie Jordan let go and then being left ‘homeless’ after their arena was demolished and left to be shuttled around from ‘home rink’ to ‘home rink’ and now the team, well, is no longer a team.

From TSN to the Huffington post, the story spread like wildfire and was a national headline across the late news cycle, here’s a look at the story so far:

First report of the suspensions came from local writer Frances Willick and went viral over night, the story of a University team suspended due to hazing spread instantly (Chronicle Herald)

Students reacting to the story of hazing, a mix of reactions as the story breaks on campus (CBC)

Parents of players say that the team is ready to fight back, calling the accusations of ‘severe hazing’ silly and untrue. (Chronicle Herald)

Throughout the ordeal players on the team have refused comment, but one former player posted a blog post late last night.

These stripes will never face shows you a very different perspective, reminding us that these are real people being affected on both sides of the story. (Kinesiologen)

So now as more details emerge and now it appears that the parents and players are not willing to sit back and watch their team be taken away, maybe this isn’t such an open and shut case as the University tried to make it.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and Host of the The Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets about sports far too much.


AUS Women’s Hockey Finals: Day One Recap

Desjardins and company skated to a big 5-0 win.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

It was business as usual for the top two teams in the AUS as the Women’s Hockey Finals kicked off.

Top ranked St. FX beat a resilient Dalhousie Tigers 3-1, while Moncton rolled past the St. Thomas Tommies 5-0 in the late game.

Both games were played in front of a packed house, with fans from all four schools vocal in support of their teams.

X-Women 3 – 1 Tigers

The X-Women kicked off the tournament with a highlight  goal from star Alex Normore and dominated for much of the game.

Despite hanging in with the defending AUS Champions for two periods, the TIgers managed to claw back goal after a looping point shot from Miranda McMillan beat goaltender Kristie Garrow.

Unlikely hero Abygail Laking gave her team in the second period with a wrist shot that handcuffed goaltender Zoe Zivolak and the X-Women never looked back.

The Tigers mustered just two shots in the third period, while Erin Brophy added the insurance marker and gave her team a final 3-1 lead.

Players of the Game

X-Women: Abygail Laking

Tigers: Cassie Banfield


Aigles Bleus 5 – 0 Tommies

Showing the rest of the AUS that they are a force to be reckoned in the post season, the Aigles Bleus cruised past the Tommies with a convincing 5 – 0 win.

Johannie Thibeault led the way for Moncton, with a hat-trick while Marie-Pier Arsenault had four points on the night with a goal and three assists. Marie-Michelle Poirier added three assists.

Despite the lopsided score, Julia Sharun had a strong game in net and made 43 saves in the loss.

Players of the Game

Aigles Bleus – Johannie Thibeaul

Tommies – Julia Sharun

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The rest of the tournament will continue Friday, when the UPEI Panthers play the Dalhousie Tigers at 3pm and the Mount Allison Mounties play the St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield had the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. St. FX (1st), 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Moncton (2nd), 7:00pm

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Pool “A” winner vs. Pool “B” winner, 2:00pm

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

Parent will be looking to shoot her team to another title

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

With the regular season wrapped up and teams in their final playoff positions, it’s time to preview the playoffs and the drama about to unfold at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Six teams will vie for a spot in Alberta at the 2012 CIS Women’s Hockey Championship, battling it out for a place in the finals on Sunday and the AUS crown.

St. Francis Xavier X-Women (20-4-0)

Lead by the offensive tandem of Alex Normore and Janelle Parent, St. FX is poised for yet another run at the AUS crown. Despite a challenge all season by second place Aigles Bleues, the X-Women held off the charge and secured first in the league through explosive offence and solid defence.

Leading Scorers: Alex Normore (24-31-55), Janelle Parent (26-33-49)

Head Coach: David Synishin (10th Season)

UdeM Aigles Bleues (16-5-3)

After a highflying start to the season,  Moncton cooled off down the stretch slumping to just four wins in their last ten games. Kathy Desjardins has been outstanding in net all season and lead all goaltenders with 13 wins. The offence has clipped along at a steady rate, scoring almost four goals a game.

Leading Scorers: Marie-M Poirier (24-12-36), Johannie Thibeault (8-23-31)

Head Coach: Dennis Ross

Mount Allison Mounties (14-6-3)

After a number of years at the bottom of the AUS, the Mounties made a surprise charge up the rankings and won their  last seven games, outscoring their opponents 35 to 14, with wins over both StFX and Moncton and a final season 9-1 win over Saint Mary’s.

Leading Scorers: Katelyn Morton (17-7-24), Ashlyn Somers (7-17-24)

Head Coach: Zach Ball (3rd Season)

UPEI Panthers (13-10-1)

Scoring by committee helped the Panthers all season, with Kelsey O’Donnell, Ferran Brown, Janelle McKenzie, Amber Gaudette, Keirstin Visser and Jessie Anne Howard all coming up when scoring was needed. Splitting time in net, Kristy Dobson and Bailey Toupin both played well, but Dobson carried the majority of play down the stretch and will need to step up and be counted in the playoffs.

Leading Scorers: Kelsey O’Donnell (8-12-20), Ferran Brown (9-9-18

Head Coach: Bruce Donaldson (3rd Season)

St. Thomas Tommies (11-12-1)

The Tommies rode consistency all season, their longest losing streak at three games early in the season, beating the top two teams 3-1 in their final four bouts.  To press on in the tournament, the Tommies will need Julia Sharun to continue her strong season between the pipes.

Leading Scorers: Kayla Blackmore (16-14-30), Danielle Miller (8-13-21)

Head Coach: Peter Murphy (10th Season)

Dalhousie Tigers (9-12-3) 

A change behind the bench for the Tigers resulted in a different style of play down the stretch, with All-time scorer Jocelyn Leblanc once again leading the charge. Finishing the season with three straight wins, the Tigers will be hoping to use the energy of a home-crowd to push into the finals on Sunday. The biggest bright spot will be the play of Robin Nicholson, who missed much of the season due to injury, but managed to score score 12 goals and end with 17 points in just 13 games.

Leading Scorers: Jocelyn Leblanc (23-12-35), Jenna Currie (5-20-25)

Head Coach: Sean Fraser (1st Season)

The tournament will kick off on Thursday, with host’s Dalhousie Tigers hosting league leading and defending champion St. Francis Xavier X-Women at 3pm. Check out all the games on SSN Canada, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield from the Sportstream team will have the call.

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Thursday, March 1st
Game #1: StFX (1st) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #2: Moncton (2nd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Loser Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Loser Game #2, 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. Winner Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Winner Game #2, 7:00pm

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Pool “A” winner vs. Pool “B” winner, 2:00pm

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Holland College Coasts Past Tigers


(Photo Credit: Dalhousie Football Club)

By: Henry Whitfield

The League leading Holland College Hurricanes made short work of the Dalhousie Football club in their Atlantic Football League Semifinal on Saturday, beating last year’s second place team 38-7.

Three touchdown’s by Dave Clarke set the tone for the Hurricanes, pounding the running game up the middle with the Tigers unable to shutdown the run game.

Demetrius Ferguson ran a kick-off back and Jeff Hillier scored on a brilliant 60-yard reception on a pass from standout quarterback Nick Hunsley.

The Tigers lone touchdown came from Greg Pelly, who also had a touchdown called back early in the game on an offensive holding call.

In the other semi-final matchup, the UNB Red Bombers squeaked out a come from behind 23-22 win over the defending Champion UNB Saint John Sea Wolves. The Red Bombers won when Evan McAulay slipped in his own endzone, causing his team to concede a single point on the final play of the game.

The Hurricanes will face the UNB Red Bombers on Saturday at 1pm on MacAdam Field, with home field advantage going to Holland College.