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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen hockey season may be up in smoke

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Shen hockey season may be up in smoke

As the day turned to night and the phone continued to ring, the "official" word came out that six Shenendehowa ice hockey players were discovered smoking marijuana during a road trip to SUNY Morrisville Dec. 29 and 30.

The violation was confirmed by a school district official and various media outlets, including an interview with Shenendehowa school superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson.

Six were discovered smoking the illegal substance the first night, turned over to their parents and suspended pending a formal investigation. The next day six more players were found to have been involved in the infraction, causing their suspension.

What is amusing, surprising or ridiculous is that the news of the event was being texted throughout the Shen student body just days later during the holiday break. A week later the squad was seen playing short-handed and the phone calls to my phone began.

The players face a possible five-day suspension from school (according to the 47-page Shenendehowa Student Code of Conduct and will be followed up by a suspension of varying degrees from the team from five games or more based on the athletic code of conduct.

The school district will not release the names or the punishment levied to the students.

For the next four games the Plainsmen may be only suiting up as many as 14 players, nine not involved in the event and five called up from the practice squad.

It appears that a seventh-consecutive CDHSHL title could be "up in smoke" for the Plainsmen, despite an open sectional policy. Shenendehowa may not be able to recover from this major penalty.

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