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Tailing the Komets

Odd happening

This is from the Associated Press

An Idaho junior hockey team was banished temporarily from a city ice rink after players engaged in a game of “strip hockey” — shedding a piece of uniform every time a practice shot missed its mark.

As redress for last Wednesday's incident, Boise forbid the Idaho Junior Steelheads team from using Idaho Ice World for four days; one 17-year-old player who shed his underwear briefly was suspended until next week. In addition, police are investigating, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Doug Holloway, Boise's recreation superintendent, says rink employees told him the shootout drill went like this: “If they missed a shot, they had to take off a glove. If they missed another, they had to take off another glove. And so on, and so forth.”

An adult whose young daughter was on an adjacent rink saw the 17- to 20-year-old Steelheads skating in their skivvies and complained to a city hotline.

Rink employees who also noticed the scantily clad skaters urged them to cover up.

Police who were alerted on Thursday are now looking into whether Boise's public decency laws were broken by the incident.

“The investigation is pending,” said Boise Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

The city forbids people from showing their buttocks in public, largely to curb erotic dance parlors. Exemptions include dance, ballet, music or dramatic performances, or artistic displays; nudity during hockey practice isn't on the list.

John Olver, the Idaho Junior Steelheads owner, wasn't at the practice where the players held the “strip shootout.”

But an assistant told him the players were emulating a professional team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose members held a similar shootout last week where they discarded pieces of equipment after failing to score.

Internet videos show a Lightning right winger, Martin St. Louis, stripping to his long, dark shorts and shirt; the Junior Steelheads apparently went further, with some disrobing down to their sports briefs. At least one 17-year-old player doffed his underwear completely, to “moon” another player.

That teen was also punished by the team, Olver said.

“His behavior didn't live up to our player code of conduct,” said Olver, whose squad plays in the Western States Hockey League against opponents from Arizona and California.

Posted in: Komets


Wed, 10/28/2009 - 6:40pm

I still haven't stopped laughing. I'm glad I wasn't drinking something when I read this, it would be all over my monitor and keyboard.

This reminds me of something I heard on the radio back in the early '90s. I don't remember what it was about but I do remember the girl on the phone saying one thing she would like to see is Grant Richison skating in boxer shorts.

Thu, 10/29/2009 - 12:06am

Yes, I read about this and about Tampa Bay. As a female hockey fan who isn't pretending to have no pulse, I must say... ahem... no comment. ;)

Five Minute Major
Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:16am

Ok I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that was hilarious. Sounds like kids being kids to me.