Howell Hockey Hazing Incident

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

A high school hockey coach and his staff are out the door after allegations of hazing.

The incident happened during a weekend tournament in Marquette where the Howell High School hockey team was playing.

School officials found pictures of members of the team in lady's undergarments. The pictures show players wearing bras and panties, parading around in a bar in Marquette during the weekend tournament.

"You work at building a program for 10 years and get the respect of the kids and their parents," former coach, Randy Montrose, said. "It's just very difficult."

The pictures ended Montrose's 10-year career and sent his staff out the door. School administrators say the incident was a form of hazing, but that's not how the former coach viewed the team's tradition.

"This has been something like a rite of passage that has been done voluntarily by the boys," Montrose said. "It's more team building."

Howell High School's principal and Howell Public School's superintendent were not available for comment, but did issue a statement.

"Howell Public Schools has investigated this matter and discovered that all three Varsity Hockey coaches were present and involved when the hazing occurred," the statement read.

"Other things have happened around the school with other sports," one player said. "I don't know why it seems like we maybe got pick on, I don't know. That's why we're kinda in shock right now."

Montrose added that he will not be fighting the allegations.

The team announced late Friday afternoon that Darren Schmitz will fill in as the interim head coach. Schmitz is a former Howell High School player.

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  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Jan 14, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    What were they doing in a bar? We're the coaches and other adults in attendance drinking? Is this coach a school employee...a teacher should know better.
  • by Patrick Location: Lansing on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    This is hazing. It is unacceptable for teenagers to behave in this manner, as well as their coaches. And what were high-school hockey players doing in a bar in the first place? I'm sure none of the players were 21 or older.
  • by Chandra Elliott Location: Jackson on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    I am a little confused on how this can deemed hazing. Isn't hazing a bit harsh? Were these young men "forced" to dress in women's lingerie, or else? I do concede that a bar wasn't probably the smartest choice, especially considering their age.
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