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  • gonzagafan
    April 12, 2011 - 21:47

    Hockey mom seriously... really honestly i know everyone is writing about blablabla all you say is f*** gonzaga i dont care if its not your team chanting it.. still YOUR student body, gonzaga has only excelled in everything we do sorry you cant accept that or that your jealous and cant take it! face it our school is the best in the province and the guys playing in this hockey game that happened most of them are seniors and its their last hockey game playing for gonzaga, understand that they got upset even though it wasnt right of them to do what they did, they did get punished put it to rest and to the telegram Write from BOTH SIDES OF THE FREAKING STORY

  • Kent
    April 09, 2011 - 23:21

    I can't believe the people saying the media and photographer are somehow to blame for this incident. Are you for real? What a bunch of wing-nuts!

    • Double R
      April 10, 2011 - 21:25

      I could never understand why School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador dropped ice hockey as a sport from its calendar. Now I clearly the light. Amongst parents, players and coaches there is absolutely no respect for officials, the opposition, fans, coaches, or members of the media. I am surprised that the Eastern School District does not ban high school hockey as well since the present disciplinary force is Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador. HNL more or less turns a blind eye to the off-ice actions of coaches and players, which is why the outlandish behaviour continues. I am sure School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador would have dealt harshly with the result of the actions of the players, but unfortunately without such a structured guiding association I am certain there will be no such repercussions. Gonzaga fans are right. The Telegram should not be giving media attention to young men whose actions are so disrespectful. Hockey does not deserve it. Instead give it sports like track and field, cross country running, badminton, cycling, or high school wrestling. You won`t see anything but respect in those arenas.

    • Double R
      April 10, 2011 - 21:44

      My hat goes off to Mr. Gosse. If it were not for journalists like Gosse this kind of appalling behavior would continue unnoticed by the Eastern School District. It appears from the comments of some of the parents and fans Mr. Gosse was in the wrong here. Can you believe that? Keep up the great work Keith.

  • Unbiased Hockey Fan
    April 09, 2011 - 11:56

    The Gonzaga players are good because they play with heart, and they are very determined to win, not because "mommy and daddy" make big money, whoever thought of that has some serious issues, and also Gonzaga is a perfectly divided in social class'. And think about this, if you just lost possibly you're last competitive hockey game of you whole life because the ref ran the last 4 seconds off the clock, and then some guy with a big camera is leaning over the boards taking pictures right in your face, most people would react the same way some of the vikings did. They love the game of hockey, this is an example of pure, legitimate love of the game, not an example they were raised wrong, or they are "spoiled brats", or they obsess to much over the pros. It's because they love hockey. Many of the players involved in the fighting , and they "flipping of the bird" were level 3's at Gonzaga . So this meant it was their last high school hockey game ever. I would be pretty upset too, most people would. I am not surprised of the reaction the camera man got, nor should he have been, maybe he needs to transfer to covering swim meets, he will never encounter a rough situation again. Gonzaga is a great school that has lots of passion for what they do. I am ashamed of the telegram for writing such terrible thing about such a great school. And I was also very surprised not to see one picture of the heart team on their victory night, those boys played their hearts out to beat Gonzaga , and they did it. Congratulations Holy Heart.

  • Farrell Cahill
    April 09, 2011 - 09:44

    The Telegram does it again... Publishes a slanted article... The Telegram seems to have no control or care what is written in the sports section of its paper. Another reporter stands on the soap box and writes a story at the expense of a few young men acting out in passion. It is redundant to say that Viking's players actions were uncalled for. They know that... We all know that... We don't need another article pointing this out. Nor do we need this reporters moral point of view expressed to us in defence of the previous article. There are very very few new facts in this article and yet we would believe a reporter wrote this article... Shameful that a grown man would continue this story. I would have to say a "teensy" effort went into writing this article. Man up, boys (and Parents) Article - page B1 of the WeeKend Telegram. April 9th 2011

  • Un-biased fan
    April 08, 2011 - 21:25

    I am shocked that the Telegram would even stoop to such levels of "journalism". Yes, there have always been rivalries between Gonzaga and other schools however I do not agree that it is because mommy and daddy are "Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Politicians, Engineers and Big Oil Executives". Evidently many people do not see the hard work that the majority of Gonzaga students display. The fact that the Telegram felt the need to write an article on a high school hockey game ending in a fight makes me reluctant to read it ever again. This is not news. It has been happening for years and this article has done nothing but make Gonzaga students angry, hurt and rebellious. I would like to see a written apology in the Telegram regarding this article. It was biased, the arguments were taken out of context and it is encouraging unfair images of a vast student population. A newspaper is for news, not petty gossip.

  • P
    April 08, 2011 - 18:05

    @ Mallrat. Gonzaga is still known across the province as a school that succeeds, not only academically, but athletically and musically as well. Take a look at the public exam results from the past 10 years, or the hockey, basketball, soccer and rugby winners in both boy and girls, and you'll find Gonzaga at the top. It's a school that everyone loves to hate, purely due to jealousy. The only reason that 'wealthier' students go to Gonzaga is because of the neighbourhood, which is one of the more beautiful neighbourhoods in St.John's. It's also hardly 'linked to trouble'. Like any school there's trouble that goes on, but that's normal. Take a look at the students enrolled in Holy Heart before you talk about trouble.

  • HEART HEART
    April 08, 2011 - 17:43

    My friend and I attended this game, and were directly facing the fights when they occurred. I would like to point out that the "F*ck Gonzaga" chant was only yelled when it was clear that HHM had won, just after the bell rang to finish the third period, and lasted no more than thirty seconds. I admit that the chant isn't exactly "classy", but if you saw your friend's helmet's cage being grabbed by an opposing players hand and hit with the other, you would be chanting "F*ck Gonzaga", too. It's unfortunate that this article was only written on the loss and the high school drama that came with it rather than the victory. But it is kind of ironic how everyone cares about this more than the students of both schools do. Neither school is perfectly innocent, but several HHM players have never simultaneously thrown down all their gear just to throw a punch.

  • GonzagaFan
    April 08, 2011 - 16:36

    As a student of Gonzaga who attended the recent game against HHM, i understand that the actions of our players were uncalled for, and out of hand. I completely disagree with the amount of publication that our players are getting compared to that of the winning team. I have read this article multiple times, and i've also watched CBC news broadcasts highlighting the poor sportsmanship of Gonzaga. I find this completely ridiculous. After talking to parents, as well as other students, and previous alumni, I've been told time and again that this rivalry is ongoing, and throughout the years, having fights, and upset players at hockey games is nothing new. I'm at a loss as to why the attitudes of our players has been plastered all over the city, instead of the news of HHM's victory. I also disagree with the fact that throughout the article, Browne clearly shows favoritism to the Highlanders, as the chants of "F___ GONZAGA" and waving of brooms by HHM fans as the last few seconds were unfairly ran off the clock, were not mentioned. As i was leaving the stadium, a student from Holy Heart looked directly at me as i walked by her and said "F___ Gzag" proving that not only our school was at fault. I realize that the boys were upset by the loss, and i disagree with the fact that the timekeeper let the last few seconds run off although i'm told that he had the right to do this. As a member of the school, i'm embarrassed that we are getting a horrible reputation from this one incident, which i'm told happens almost every year in hockey. I have never seen so much publication over a hockey fight between rival schools, and i'm disgusted that this article was written. It makes me wonder what the world is coming to when an argument between high school students takes priority in The Telegram over an earthquake in Japan. Congratulations to the Highlanders on their win, and I'd like to once again express my disappointment in the poor, and biased broadcasting done by both The Telegram, and CBC.

    • VikingGirl
      April 09, 2011 - 11:32

      Wonderfully said, i agree 100%! I too, am astonished that the Gonzaga hockey team acted this way, i understand it was a huge loss for them, but i dont agree with what they did, HOWEVER, Holy heart is not innocent in this either, chanting "F*** Gonzaga" is absolutley disrespectful, inapropriate downright rude.

  • GonzagaFan
    April 08, 2011 - 16:29

    As a student of Gonzaga who attended the recent game against HHM, i understand that the actions of our players were uncalled for, and out of hand. I completely disagree with the amount of publication that our players are getting compared to that of the winning team. I have read this article multiple times, and i've also watched CBC news broadcasts highlighting the poor sportsmanship of Gonzaga. I find this completely ridiculous. After talking to parents, as well as other students, and previous alumni, I've been told time and again that this rivalry is ongoing, and throughout the years, having fights, and upset players at hockey games is nothing new. I'm at a loss as to why the attitudes of our players has been plastered all over the city, instead of the news of HHM's victory. I also disagree with the fact that throughout the article, Browne clearly shows favoritism to the Highlanders, as the chants of "F___ GONZAGA" and waving of brooms by HHM fans as the last few seconds were unfairly ran off the clock, were not mentioned. As i was leaving the stadium, a student from Holy Heart looked directly at me as i walked by her and said "F___ Gzag" proving that not only our school was at fault. I realize that the boys were upset by the loss, and i disagree with the fact that the timekeeper let the last few seconds run off although i'm told that he had the right to do this. As a member of the school, i'm embarrassed that we are getting a horrible reputation from this one incident, which i'm told happens almost every year in hockey. I have never seen so much publication over a hockey fight between rival schools, and i'm disgusted that this article was written. It makes me wonder what the world is coming to when an argument between high school students takes priority in The Telegram over an earthquake in Japan. Congratulations to the Highlanders on their win, and I'd like to once again express my disappointment in the poor, and biased broadcasting done by both The Telegram, and CBC.

  • GZAG ALUMNI
    April 08, 2011 - 15:38

    This is in response to the Heart Alumni's comment. If you could find a stick anywhere in the world that costs 500$ i will buy it for you.

    • Holy Heart Champ
      April 09, 2011 - 13:45

      all you can talk about is how the fans of holy heart acted..... the holy heart hockey team does NOT control their fans, only their team. Which they clearly can control compared to the gonzaga team.

  • jerry
    April 08, 2011 - 14:50

    AAP, what on earth makes you think that the Holy Heart players "retained their dignity"? If anything, the behavior of the Holy Heart team was far worse - bringing brooms onto the ice to taunt the opposing team, followed by a rousing chant of "F*** Gonzaga!" I hardly call that sportsmanlike behavior. Shame on the Telegram for publishing such a shockingly one-sided article.

    • AAP
      April 08, 2011 - 18:41

      Jerry, I didn't actually attend the game and it was after the fact that I learned of Holy Heart's "broom episode," so I retract the statement that Heart players "retained their dignity." I believe there was fault and unsportsmanlike behavior on both sides.

    • Rose
      April 09, 2011 - 05:43

      First of all Telegram, when are you going to remove the picture of the Gonzaga player in the article and replace it with a picture of the winning team. Or maybe that would not be in keeping with the sensational and biased photo journalism this paper has decided to promote. I think we have a case here of a photographer who has somehow made himself part of the story. Shame on you Mr. Gosse. Maybe the Enquirer or TMZ could use a phototgrapher with your sensibilities.

    • FAN
      April 09, 2011 - 10:30

      I can't even stand to read some of peoples comments on this arcticle.. the reaccuring statement of the holy heart supporters chanting "F*$# Gonzaga" was NOT by the team members of the holy heart highlanders. They were no where involved in that and no one can control what fans say even in NHL hockey to this present day. My point being that the holy heart players never acted bad or stooped to the vikings level and only retaliated when the vikings tried to take away from their celebrations and someting they were very proud of themselves for accomplishing. The way that gonzaga players acted after this game was pure disgust, and i know from my own experiences that they acted classless on more then one occasion.. no more then a week before this game when they lost to a grandfalls team during the don cherry championship. I understand that some people are calling these players "children", and saying they "don't know how to act" . yes... they are kids but at being from 16-18 years of age.. you know how to act and how not to act in these situations. They were upset at losing and no one takes losing very well but they could have handled it in a way better manner then what they displayed. they not only made a disgrace of themseves but their parents and school. ITS A GAME PEOPLE .. CALM DOWN and last but not least congratulations to the highlanders for a well deserved win.

  • Mr. Juannabee
    April 08, 2011 - 14:28

    I am a parent of 8 and 10 year olds in minor hockey, and the focus at that level is squarely on sportsmanship and fun. I am shocked to hear that in only a few years the behaviour of players and fans degenerates to this! Shame on everyone involved! And that goes for both teams, their coaches, the league convenor, the fans and the parents! When fans and parents are permitted to chant obscenities at the other team, clearly things have gotten out of control. Shut the league down and re-evaluate.

  • Mike
    April 08, 2011 - 10:39

    Well said Peter Keough. A CLASS ACT.

    • guy
      April 08, 2011 - 12:19

      Everyone look at Mallrat's comment and how prejudice he is towards all Gonzaga. Just because of one inncident that happend in his childhood. This has to stop!!

    • markymark
      April 08, 2011 - 13:53

      The fights at the end, sure, happens in all High School Hockey finals, the flipping of the bird no need, and I am sure Maallrat has flipped to the bird more then once to many people. Mallrat, you have a great hate for Gonzaga, is it that the school is not as good as the Mall, or just when you went to High school, if you did, Gonzaga and the people form there were better then you and it hurt knowing that you couldnt be like them?

    • HeartFanForLife
      April 08, 2011 - 15:07

      I believe all the Gonzaga students had the right to act the way they did. They were upset that the clock got run down when everyone knows it should have been stopped.. they may have had a chance to tie. This reporter had no right to get up in their faces and take pictures of their loss. Why wasn't he taking pictures of the winning team to put in his article? This incident should not have even gone public. If you felt that you got gypt i am sure you wouldnt take long before using foul language. As for mallrat you have no idea what your talking about... are you jealous that they have parents who spend long periods in school so they can get good jobs to give a good life to their families? Nice... Also these students may have made a bad decision but who doesnt? get over it. I am going to transfer to Gonzaga! GzagFanForLife!

  • Farrell Cahill
    April 08, 2011 - 08:39

    This article is shameful. The pictures having been taken and especially the pictures having been published along with this foolish and bias story. I thought the Telegram had more class then to exploit the catharsis of young men after having lost such a meaningful game. For some of these boys it will be the last game of their competitive hockey career. Their actions were not appropriate... However, I would encourage anyone to fight for their right to have officials obey the rules. The reporter and photographer should be ashamed that they published such a bias article.

  • Bob R
    April 07, 2011 - 21:04

    Where's the list of scorers? Where is the picture of the champs? Where is the names of the winning team? This write up is bigger than the stories on the Herder !!!!! I am sure there is stuff going on in the high schools we don't hear about and don't want to hear about but the focus of the story should have been on the game winners.

  • Townie bayman
    April 07, 2011 - 20:32

    Make no wonder hockey enrollment is slipping behind other sports. Hockey is beginning to look like roller derby. Angry players, angry fans. Go enjoy a real sport like soccer.

  • HOCKEYFAN
    April 07, 2011 - 20:17

    John Browne, you should be truly embarassed to call this professional work. As should be the cameraman, who decided it was necessary to take pictures of a frustrated team, rather than glorify the champions. I find it comical, as a common spectator the sport (supporting neither high school), that the so-called innocent Holy Heart's common cheer of "F*** Gonzaga" was ignored, as was the often uncalled for actions by the players of the Highlanders, while Browne decided he was writing provincial news. I am not encouraging the actions of either team, as the swearing and "flipping off" was undoubtedly unncessary, however, do you really feel like a frustrated high school hockey team deserves this bad reputation Mr. Browne? It's a good thing Gonzaga has a strong reputation as the best high school in the province! Otherwise some people may take this seriously.

  • A former Viking
    April 07, 2011 - 19:46

    Slow news day? A high school hockey game ends in a fight. Give me a break. Any of you looking down and judging the parents and coaches and saying "what's the world coming to.. not in my day..etc" have probably never gone to a high school hockey game in your life. This sounds no different than what I remember in Gonzaga vs HHM games 15-20 years ago. At least in this story there were no fights in the stands between the two high schools or fights in the parking lot. I seem to remember once when we lost to HHM in a game in the early 90s a certain guy who will remain nameless jumped on the ice and mooned the HHM fans. Father Al had a word with him the next day but it was pretty funny at the time. And as for the cameraman. They just lost a big game and fight or not, having the ref run down the clock sounds questionable. I'd be telling you where to stick your camera as well. Relax people.

  • ROB
    April 07, 2011 - 19:42

    Seriously, you are not watching toddlers hockey. I know one thing for sure if you were stuck in my face with a camera you would be looking for a new camera.

  • hockeyfan
    April 07, 2011 - 19:39

    Gonzaga shows they are a true class act.. way to represent your school.

  • ashley
    April 07, 2011 - 19:27

    Seriously Keith Gosse? Your spending your time worrying about a bunch of teenagers when their should be news coverage on more important matters. If this is the least of what many people do when their teenagers you should be happy.

  • Lol
    April 07, 2011 - 18:56

    I referee(ed) metro hockey and lots of high school games, I also know laker, if I was in his position, I would have ran the clock as well (if in fact there was no extra time run off the clock). Nobody can score outside the attacking blue line with 2 seconds unless it's an empty net. Now, they do have some skill on that team so they MAY have been able to pull it off with 4'ish seconds. I went to school with most of these gonzaga players as well, a lot of them are obnoxious stuck up talented hockey players that think they are the best because they've had a great last 3 or 4 seasons. Things change guys, grow the hell up. For those that believe all of the gonzaga team is like this, I can assure you it's not, there's only a handful of players that are sh*t disturbers.

  • ISTHISJOURNALISTFORREAL
    April 07, 2011 - 18:45

    Many people have summed up the happenings of this game - both poorly and reasonably. However the criticism should not be of the events in this sense, but the poor journalistic approach taken by Mr. Browne and Mr. Gosse. I am honestly nauseous over this article. For several reasons: One: I in no way consider this article objective and the favoritism is quite blatant. Journalism is about painting a clear and unbiased account of events. I would like to point out that I am neither a student or parent of HHM or GHS. I have no preference of who won in this instance. It saddens me that this type of (photo)journalism is coming out of our province. Two: Sports are about well... sports. This looks like a man's five minutes of fame from the way this article is focused.

  • CW
    April 07, 2011 - 18:40

    The ENTIRE game HHM was chanting "F*** GONZAGA! F*** GONZAGA!!!" I don't see that put here? Bad article, and what do you expect, shoving the camera in the losing teams face. Gonzaga is a GREAT school, and things possibly got out of hand, but HHM was not innocent either.

  • hockey fann
    April 07, 2011 - 18:40

    we shouldnt be putting all the blame on the gonzaga team, i do belive that it was the holy heart team sweeping the ice and taunting the gonzaga players after all the fighting was done. and i do belive i heard the famous fu#k gonzaga chant to.. so we cant be looking at only half of the story, why arent we talking about how holy heart won, but instead were talking about gonzaga loss. i would be pretty mad to if i had a camera man in my face after i just lost a game, and most these boys wont be playing any more high school hockey in there lives, so tension were high and people lost there cool, no big deal. and to respond to the fact that it wasent just gonzaga players fighting at the end of the game, it takes 2 fight, and i dont think it was gonzaga players fighting eachother.

  • Sean White
    April 07, 2011 - 18:29

    No mention of the "F--- Gonzaga" chant that I am sure rang out during the whole game from the Highlanders side of the stadium? Class A journalism from the Telegram as per usual...

  • Gonzagafanforever
    April 07, 2011 - 17:54

    This is such a ridiculous article! i have a few things 1) the Gonzaga players who gave the finger to the reporter thought it was heart supporters taking photos, not the telegram. 2) the bad news should NOT be all on GHS, but on the reporter/photographer, and all of those supporters cheering "F*** Gonzaga, F*** Gonzaga" like grow up, you guys should be ashamed 3) gonzaga played extremely well, and i think the referees were like biased, gonzaga easily could've tied up the game with however many seconds left on the clock. if the HHM team wasnt chanting "F*** Gonzaga", the refs let GHS have the time and not let it run out, and the reporter didn't get in people's faces, the game would have ended differently.

  • MallRat
    April 07, 2011 - 17:27

    Gonzaga has been getting Away with this behaviour since the early ninties. This team is no different than the teams from Gonzaga before them. FACT; 1) split the student population of Gonzaga right down the middle by way of Any method. 2) Add the salaries of the parents of either one of those split populations. 3) Now add parental salaries of any single full school population on the island. RESULT; The resulting gross parental salaries of either half of the split student population at Gonzaga will exceed the parental salaries at any single full school on this island. I guess you see where I am going with this.....if you don't I will tell you, They are Spoiled Brats, they always have been and the school has always been linked to trouble! When an off duty police officer got beaten in Churchill Square 4 or 5 years ago, the perps were Gonzaga Students! The school some years ago was known for being the center for 'higher learning' of a gang known as the Possee. Clearly it's evident that this school should have been considered for CLOSING! But hey, that ain't gonna happen, I mean look who mommy and daddy are! Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Politicians, Engineers and Big Oil Executive.... I will stop now, I think NL gets the picture much more clearly.

    • Scott
      April 08, 2011 - 18:33

      So according to MALLRAT ( Suiting name for a heart supporter ) because a high school hockey game ended in this fashion it's all because mommy and daddy are successful ? Please , many kids from gonzaga now are from low income housing and many players on the current roster aren't sons of oil tycoons or judges. Just normal middle class people. It's a public school not like you need money to get in. And as for the incidents you listed , the people involved in every such incidents were by kids whose parents werent of high status and power in the community. It was a good hockey game a shame to see some of the acts but its a 2 way street. Takes 2 people to fight and to be honest if i lost and the other team was chanting " F*** GONZAGA" while sweeping a broom across the ice I would have been pretty frustrated too. There just kids give em a break. A shame the story was covered this way to give high school hockey a black eye in the province.

    • PARENT
      April 08, 2011 - 20:08

      MALLRAT - It's attitudes like yours that give rise to outbreaks similar to the one that occurred at the Gonzaga/Holy Heart game. What is it with people like you and your contempt for Gonzaga and its students? What happened at the Gonzaga/Holy Heart game had nothing to do with Gonzaga's parents' occupations or incomes. It was a case of poor sportsmanship on both sides, poor judgement and irrational behavior. I can assure you that Gonzaga's student population comes from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and that they are not all "spoiled brats" as you suggest. Gonzaga linked to trouble? I'm confident you'd be hard pushed to find a school that hasn't had its share of adverse publicity. Would you suggest that all these schools be closed? It's pathetic If the best you can do is berate a school and its students because the parent group consists of professionals and individuals with diverse training. It's equally as ludicrous that you would blame the unfortunate outcome of Wednesday's hockey game on what Gonzaga parents do for a living! We are all given the opportunity to make something of ourselves. Then there are those amongst us who are bitter and cynical regardless...

  • M.S Highlanders
    April 07, 2011 - 17:15

    Well , winning is not always everything ! And the hard work is the things that's always appreciated between people. if the Vikings lost , they should've just accept it , as it is ! They didn't have to react in a very angry way ! I mean if the Highlanders were put in the same positions I 'am sure they would have accepted it with a delight , because they know that it's a game , of winning or loosing . Also they know that it's not all about winning it's about the amount of effort and hard work being done !! At the end congrats to the HIGHLANDERS keep going YOU'RE AWESOME !!!

  • Gordon Rice
    April 07, 2011 - 16:31

    Somebody has to lose. There can't be two winners. Losing teams/athletes have to learn to lose with dignity. I played for the Bishops College soccer team in 1980. In our last game, which we knew was a hopeless cause, we joked about mooning the referee, but we didn't. Instead, we played our hearts out. We lost the game but at least we scored the first goal.

  • UpAndDown
    April 07, 2011 - 15:54

    If you have not yet attended one of these or any minor hockey league games, I encourage you to do so. Sit in the stands and listen to the parents talk about the players on both teams playing. Its shameful. Parents yelling from the stands for their sons to hit another player, to take him out. Parents complaing about other players not playing up to their standards. My son has played hockey since he was 5 because he likes to play hockey. He's no All Star player, and I really do not care. He loves to just play the game and enjoy himself. There are times when I have been embarrased to be sitting in the stands due to the behavior of some of the parents. Let the kids be kids, and have fun playing the game. It is a game after all.

  • HockeyFan
    April 07, 2011 - 14:43

    There could have been a million awesome action pictures from this game, however a cameraman decides to go after teammates right after they have lost? I'm not surprised that he got the reaction that he did. They were obviously already annoyed because of the loss, then having someone trying to capture their defeat? I wouldn't be very impressed if I were them either, and I'm sure that there are hundreds of people who probably would've given the cameraman the exact same response if they were there. And honestly, is this really the first time that a player has given someone the finger or another rude gesture at a game? I think not. I'm sure that there were worse things said after this game and many other games that simply weren't captured on camera. It was an act that took place after a stressful game and a hurtful loss, which would've had the players already on edge. For a teenager, sports are one of the biggest things in your life, and players take a lot of pride in their team. It should've most definitely been a story highlighting HH's win, not GHS's loss.

    • melanie
      April 07, 2011 - 18:29

      I remember when I went to holy heart we went to a championship game, we lost but we didnt get out of the other teams arena easily. There were fights in the stands, when we went to the bus, fans for the other team were shaking the bus and beating the windows out with rocks. It was insane. Imagine if we had to win.

    • Heart Alumni
      April 07, 2011 - 21:13

      No surprise here. Gonzaga has always been a classless act, it's about time they got potrayed in this light; hopefully the misleading image they seem to carry about themselves that their poop doesn't stink will be tarnished. Well done Heart, classy in victory and defeat. I have to laugh at Peter Keough's comment, Gonzaga may be back to back defending champs but heart won the year before that, let's not get carried away here Peter, thats 2 championships for each side in the last 4 seasons, you sound a little upset? Well done heart on keeping composure when these hot headed mouth pieces were running around smashing daddys $500 hockey sticks!!!

  • ben
    April 07, 2011 - 14:27

    Oh yes the parents of those young men "aka" children must be so proud! This is a result of parents and coaches not setting a high standard and keeping those players in line all year long....maybe I should say all "career" long because no doubt this is not the first incident for these players! Anyone who has had the pleasure of playing against these players will tell you its no surprise. As for the parents and their actions ....absolutely shameful!

  • S
    April 07, 2011 - 14:05

    We are talking about teenagers playing a game. Parents and other adults are not helping anything by making this personal and beating it to death. Any of you adults ever done anything stupid or inappropriate when you were teenagers or were you all pure as the driven snow? Also, what was the journalist doing out on the ice inflaming the players further? It is unbelieveable to me that this was written this way, and a tasteless picture was displayed of these players (who are juveniles by the way). I wonder if the journalist who wrote this "story"(I use this term lightly) would have still wrote it if one of the upset players was his son! Probably not I'm guessing! Whatever happened to discipline without vengence? You're no better than the much younger players you are so quick to criticize. Why don't you leave the discipline, shame, and guilt trip to the coaches and parents to dispense. This is a sad piece of journalism about minors! This has to be negatively affecting these children who may be highly sensitive and impressionable at this age. I think better sense should have been used in both writing this story and making comments about the "evil" Gonzaga players. i've heard some pretty dispicable chants coming from the Holy Heart supporters! Something you definetly wouldn't want your younger children who may be in attendance to hear? Anyone write an article on that yet?

  • hockeyofficial
    April 07, 2011 - 14:03

    completely uncalled for. this is HIGH SCHOOL hockey people. If you win, great, if you don't, theres always next year. You don't even see acts like this in the senior league.

  • Derrick
    April 07, 2011 - 13:55

    I guess the parents of the Gonzaga players giving the finger and shouting obsenities to the camera man must feel pretty low......at least they should. You are what you sow mom and dad.

  • Toby Flanderson
    April 07, 2011 - 13:38

    Mr. Browne, you should be ashamed to write this article. Stick to MUN basketball. Report on the High School winning team, show a pic of the team with the trophy and how proud they were to win. Why not show both teams shaking hands? Interview a player who spent 3 years playing for Holy Heart and was so proud to win with his buddies? Instead you let the 3 or 4 hoodlums spoil what some hockey players treasure, a hockey championship, especially high school hockey. Anyone who had donned their schools colors can attest, there is no better feeling then winning with a group of guys/girls who you spent three years with. To tarnish that in your article does not bode well with your local readers, as indicated by some of these comments.

  • Tim Ryan
    April 07, 2011 - 12:30

    As an assistant coach of the Holy Heart team, I will only comment for my team and school: Congratulations to our team for a hard fought battle and thank you to the staff and teachers for their support they gave this season. If I may help clear up some issues I've read here from other people's comments: 1. Indeed, it was only a handful of Vikings that were caught on camera snarling at the camera. I will not speculate on what else took place. 2. Time: there was 4.3 seconds on the clock, a brawl began and the net was knocked off by the Vikings and the whistle was blown with 2.3 seconds remaining on the clock. This meant the face-off was going to be outside our zone and, as both a coach and hockey enthusiast, there was no one scoring with that amount of time remaining. The referee, who is well trained and respected in his profession, has the right to run the clock at this point. It's a rule to maintain order and stop potential serious injury from happening. Other: I have requested another article with pictures I provided to be published in tomorrow's paper. Hopefully this occurs. Tim Ryan, B.A., B.Ed HHM Hockey Coach/Teacher 3.

  • Tim Ryan
    April 07, 2011 - 12:28

    As an assistant coach of the Holy Heart team, I will only comment for my team and school: Congratulations to our team for a hard fought battle and thank you to the staff and teachers for their support they gave this season. If I may help clear up some issues I've read here from other people's comments: 1. Indeed, it was only a handful of Vikings that were caught on camera snarling at the camera. I will not speculate on what else took place. 2. Time: there was 4.3 seconds on the clock, a brawl began and the net was knocked off by the Vikings and the whistle was blown with 2.3 seconds remaining on the clock. This meant the face-off was going to be outside our zone and, as both a coach and hockey enthusiast, there was no one scoring with that amount of time remaining. The referee, who is well trained and respected in his profession, has the right to run the clock at this point. It's a rule to maintain order and stop potential serious injury from happening. Other: I have requested another article with pictures I provided to be published in tomorrow's paper. Hopefully this occurs. Tim Ryan, B.A., B.Ed HHM Hockey Coach/Teacher 3.

  • Peter Keough
    April 07, 2011 - 12:24

    Since the proper story here wasn't written, I will state it. The story should have read Holy Heart knocks off two-time defending champion Gonzaga in three games. I fully congratulate Bob Perks and his coaching staff for the job they did with their team this year. They came into this series with one thing in mind and that was beating our team. They worked very hard, were dedicated to their system, and won three hard fought hockey games. They wanted to win and made it happen. Well Done Holy Heart!!

  • Another Hockey Fan
    April 07, 2011 - 12:23

    could you not have gotten a sensible picture of a goal or of a 1 on 1 fight? Gosse, for sticking your camera where it doesn't belong (infornt of the losing high school team's face right after they lost), you're lucky you got it out of the arena. Don't be so naive to think they shouldn't or wouldn't turn on you. I bet there are some really proud parents out there today, but the fruit usually doesn't fall far from the tree...

  • Mike Mcfae
    April 07, 2011 - 11:56

    Take the high road Bob.

  • Mary
    April 07, 2011 - 11:27

    From reading the account of the Holy Heart, Gonzaga hockey game I can see what a devastating change there has been since the Sisters of Mercy and Presentation Orders are no longer in charge. I have been to some of these games and the F word has been used by the Holy Heart supporters constantly. What a shame - Those hockey players do the best they can to play and enjoy the game for themselves and their supporters. WHAT a bunch of Holy Heart Supporters! Shame!

  • kent
    April 07, 2011 - 11:27

    Why are we surprised by this behavior when it is encouraged, celebrated and endorsed at the professional level? This is a goon sport; always was, always will be. Great players had careers ruined by talentless goons as a result of cheap shots. I would never enroll a kid in minor hockey. The sport is one big bad example, and the end of the high school game the other night is a prime example. But don't blame the kids; they are only emulating the pros.

  • hockey fan
    April 07, 2011 - 11:25

    My observation from watching the game last night is that many Gonzaga players were upset that officials let the clock run when they had a chance of potentially tying the game in last few seconds. Those few players who reacted inappropriately will receive penalties &/or disciplined. As for a fight in last 2- 4 seconds, it happens regularly in all leagues with all teams- those involved will also get penalties, but I have to comment that I have never seen a reporter write pretty well a full page article on the outcome of a high school game, including 3 pictures? Not once in the article did the reporter write about the terrible chants from the HHM fans at end of game or the fact that HHM team brought out a broom at end of game and started sweeping it on the ice in front of Gonzaga team/fans - purpose? demonstrate they 'swept' them in victory?? and to quote the HHM coach stating that "they (Gonzaga) were on a bit of a high coming in and we put them back a step or two"? Class act? What happened to "both teams played well, it was a good, competitive close game", etc..if a reporter is reporting, hopefully he/she is unbiased and reports the good (& bad) and when submitting pictures, I'd suggest, in future, to include pics such as the well deserved medals handed to both captains (representing their teams) for all of the hard work or one that showed some players from both teams actually hugged each other at the end of the game (instead of handshakes) as they were teammates/friends together on previous/other teams. Terrible article.

  • Scott Free
    April 07, 2011 - 10:34

    While the behaviour is despicable, sadly, its the norm at the end of almost all high school and minor hockey games from bantam to midget; they learn from the pros and the senior wannabees. When a team is down and out, they have to try hooliganism to intimidate and try to impress with their brawn rather than their brains and skills. And, parents should be in a separate building, period.

  • H
    April 07, 2011 - 09:57

    Are you all for real? Never been to a hockey game with a mixup before? Oh those bad boys from Gonzaga! And their evil parents too. Oh, wait... I here that HHM chant again F___ Gonzaga, F___ Gonzaga. Now that's a class group. Seriously, both teams played a great game of hard hitting hockey. Congrats to all. (Maybe the sensative telegram reporter should try another sport, like curling or kick boxing)

  • paul
    April 07, 2011 - 09:10

    Lose with class?? I think you'd better take some of the Gonzaga parents into the dressing room and talk to them as well if you want to fix that team. Their display after the game against Exploits this past weekend proved that. Absolutely disgusting!!!

  • Steve
    April 07, 2011 - 08:42

    The loud mouths and sore losers should be permanently banned from joining any hockey team anywhere in NL. That'll teach them to act with some sense of maturity in the furture.

  • Lock Doyle
    April 07, 2011 - 08:20

    I hope the Gonzaga Players are happy ,this is not the way I would want to have our school make it to the sports page.. Having said that there were only 4-5 guys that tarnished the whole team and school.

    • AAP
      April 07, 2011 - 09:34

      This is a terrible way to end a good hockey season! Although the coach says that the players do not "normally" act this way, it's not the first time for some of them, however, not to this degree. Ultimately, the coaching staff is responsible for the players' actions and one has to wonder if the team has been coached with humility and courtesy. "Bawling" the team out after the game is not necessarily the right way to handle this incident. It must be embarrassing to be affiliated with Gonzaga at this time. I sympathize with the students who have had nothing to do with this outburst but who, merely because they are Gonzaga students, will be scorned as a result of last night's game. In the meantime, congratulations Holy Heart for retaining your dignity and for winning the city championship.

    • Barbara Nowe
      April 07, 2011 - 09:59

      As the parent of a Gonzaga Hockey player I am disappointed how the team ended their season ...it was ugly....I have seen players from every team over react in a manner considered inappropriate throughout the season....it is too bad 4- 5 of our players did it while a camera was close by....live and learn

    • hockey mom
      April 07, 2011 - 10:46

      I hope these won't be the only pictures published in the telegram. As a parent of a young man on HHM team I don't think they are scrapbook worthy. Some pictures of the winners please! Emotions run high in a game like this. While the behavior of a few gonzaga players was inapproprite , I dont think the pictures belong on the sports page!

  • Stan Rideout
    April 07, 2011 - 08:20

    Great game by HHM but hated to let my grandson view the last few seconds of the game... The player wearing #13 for HHM showcase hockey well, who is he?

  • Charles
    April 07, 2011 - 07:54

    LOSERS!!!

  • JJT
    April 07, 2011 - 07:52

    That's what we call "putting the ass in class".