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Women's hockey team suspended after hazing

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HALIFAX -- Officials at Dalhousie University in Halifax have suspended the women's hockey team for the rest of the season after an investigation revealed that a recent hazing ritual involved excessive drinking, intimidation and humiliation.

University spokesman Charles Crosby issued a brief statement Thursday saying many of the team's players were "put in harm's way" both physically and psychologically during a private house party in September.

Crosby says an investigation by the vice-president of student services started after a first-year athlete approached the team's coach with concerns about the treatment of new players.

Though no one was physically hurt, Crosby says the incident represents a serious breach of the university's expectations.

He confirmed that the team captains have been removed from their positions and all but the first-year players have been suspended for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, which has made it impossible for the team to continue playing.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2013 C4

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