Hazing punished

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

A junior hockey coach/GM was suspended and a CIS football team's season cancelled yesterday after investigations into separate hazing incidents.

The Ontario Hockey League suspended Moe Mantha for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs as GM and 40 games as coach of the Spitfires over a hazing incident and a fight between teammates during a practice.

The hazing incident, which happened last month, involved players "being told to strip and stand in the washroom at the back of the bus by other players," the OHL said in a release.

Also yesterday, McGill University officials cancelled the remainder of the football team's season following an investigation into a complaint launched by a 18-year-old rookie, who alleged he was sexually assaulted with a broomstick by a veteran player while others looked on and cheered during a Rookie Night event in August.

That news floored U of C Dinos football coach Tony Fasano, who called the hazing a black eye for all post-secondary football.

"I do know (McGill head coach) Chuck McMann personally and it's something I know he would never support or condone," Fasano said. "It's a sad day for university sport."

The Redmen are 1-5 in the Quebec Conference and will forfeit their last two games. Disciplinary action will also be taken against several players.

Fasano said the Dinos address hazing issues at the beginning of the season.

"Our athletic director comes in and says this won't be tolerated," Fasano said.

Calgary Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said hazing rituals don't exist on his team.

"I don't know what other teams do. But we don't allow hazing on our team," said Kisio, admitting Hitmen rookie chores do exist but are more menial in nature than degrading.


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