An update about a hazing scandal. The coaches will no longer be allowed to coach any team that Hockey Canada oversees.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is trying to crack down on something it’s having a hard time even defining – hazing.
The league has been reeling from a hazing scandal that occurred last October when a group of players with the Neepawa Natives forced a 15-year-old rookie to perform a "tug" – tying a water bottle to his scrotum and dragging it across the floor. The incident, one of several hazing initiations that occurred on the team, initially resulted in the league handing out multiple game suspensions for 16 players. The league also suspended Natives head coach Bryant Perrier for three games and fined the team $5,000. Assistant coach Brad Biggers also received a five-game suspension.
Do you have to pass a test before they let you back?
"I did already. (smiles broadly) First test I’ve passed in a while. It’s like shapes and crazy stuff. Yeah. I did good."
Finger painting, too?
"Well, you know, that’s on the side. They made me do that just because they thought I was really skilled. It was weird. I drew a picture of a naked lady. With my fingers."
How was she?
"She was good."
Aside from world-class skill and athleticism, there’s one thing nearly every player in today’s NHL has in common: they wear something made by Bauer Performance Sports. In recent years, the hockey equipment maker that pioneered modern skate technology has become an industry behemoth, controlling 49 per cent of the global market for hockey gear. "We are number one in every category," boasts president and CEO Kevin Davis.
Roughly 90 per cent of NHL players wear at least one piece of Bauer equipment. Seven out of 10 wear Bauer skates. As the puck dropped on the current NHL season, Bauer was the top hockey stick provider for the league’s players—beating out rival Easton—thanks in part to the introduction of the new Vapor APX model. Meanwhile, Bauer says it has surpassed legendary brand CCM—bought by Reebok in 2004—to become the leading seller of sticks, helmets, skates and goalie equipment.