[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.

BREAKING: MacDonald replaced as Dalhousie Athletic Director

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By: Henry Whitfield

After just two years on the job, John MacDonald has stepped down as the Director of Athletic at Dalhousie University.

In an internal memorandum released this afternoon, Bonnie Neuman, Vice-President Student Services,  announced that long-time Associate Director Karen Moore would be his replacement:

Athletic Director John MacDonald has decided to move on to explore other career options. With thanks to John for his recent service in Athletics and Recreation and his previous service in External Relations, we wish him well in his future endeavors. 

I am pleased to announce that Karen Moore has agreed to take on the leadership of Dalhousie’s varsity athletics Tigers Teams, effective immediately, as Director, Varsity Athletics.  

Karen is superbly prepared for this increase in her responsibilities, with her background as a Dalhousie alumna, former Olympic athlete, former Tigers athlete, winner of the Tigers Athlete of the Year award, inductee to the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame, winner of the A.J. Sandy Young Award for contributions to sport in Nova Scotia, two-time inductee to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, and of course her six years as a Tigers Volleyball coach and extensive experience as Associate Director of Athletics at Dalhousie since 1990.  Please join us in congratulating Karen on her new role. 

MacDonald may very well be remembered most for his awarding of a 5-year contract extension to Men’s Varsity Head Coach Pete Belliveau, who was recently replaced as Head Coach of the team with 3-years remaining on his contract.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Atlantic Football League Heads to Playoffs

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(By: Henry Whitfield)

In their final Atlantic Football League regular season game, the Dalhousie Football Club fell behind early to the Saint John Sea Wolves and were unable to claw their way back into the game.

Two touchdowns by running-back Justin Cavan within the first two minutes of the game gave the Sea Wolves the early advantage and the defending AFL Champions refused to let go of the lead, winning 43-29 at the Canada Games Field.

The loss leaves last years runner-up Tigers with a 1-5 record heading into the playoffs, allowing 154 points and scoring just 102 over the six game season.

League leading Holland College Hurricanes (5-1) will host the Dalhousie Tigers (1-5) in the first semi-final matchup and the UNB Fredericton Red Bombers (3-3) will host the UNB Saint John Sea Wolves (3-3) in the other matchup. Both games are hosted this Saturday, with kick off in Charlottetown at 1pm and a 2pm kick-off in Fredericton.

Holland College heads into the playoffs favourites after leading the league points for with 179 and allowing just 111 points against, a stingy defence that has allowed their offence to take over games.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Dalhousie Football Team Grinds out a Win

The Tigers came up big in front of their home crowd

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By: Henry Whitfield

In front of a sold out home crowd at their first home coming in more than three decades, the Dalhousie Tigers football team improved to 3 – 2 on the season after a 17 – 8 win over the Moncton Junior Mustangs.

A pair of touchdowns and a 28-yard field goal provided the offense for the Tigers and pulled out a big win.

Bouncing back from a devastating loss to the Saint John Sea Wolves, the Tigers defence stood tall and forced seven turnovers, three of them interceptions.

Bryce Wade, defensive captain, returned from injury and delivered a number of devastating hits and added to his season tally with another interception.

On offence running back Greg Pelly ran for 131-yards on twelve carries and added 68 yards receiving, while contributing two touchdowns to the Tigers cause.

The Tigers hit the road for their final regular season game on November 6th, when they face the same Moncton Junior Mustangs. A win there would guarantee the Tigers second place and would mean the Tigers would host their first home playoff game in more than 34-years.

Henry Whitfield is a sports contributor to the Dalhousie Gazette and provides commentary on local sports in and around the HRM. You can follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield or on his blog, Sports With Henry.