Women's hockey team at Dalhousie University suspended over hazing ritual

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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.

As well, Crosby said the team will be educated about the university's hazing policy and counselling services will be offered to team members.

Organizations: Dalhousie University

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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