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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Time to name names of Shen hockey players

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.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Time to name names of Shen hockey players

It’s been more than two weeks since the Shenendehowa ice hockey team took a skating blade to its own throat as 12 players were caught up in a marijuana smoking incident on a road trip that was discovered by their head coach in the early morning hours on Dec. 30.

Since then eight players have been removed from the team (it is reported that one player was removed from the school district by his parents) and four others are serving minimums of five-game suspensions.

The school district refuses to release the in-school penalties, names as well as school suspensions for those involved, but as I have done in the past, it’s time to name names.

Here is a list of the 16 players NOT involved in the events of Dec. 29 and 30 and who have played five games without 12 of their teammates who chose self, individuality and to partake in an illegal activity.

The New 2008-2009 Shenendehowa ice hockey team
1  Peter Rakowsky  Goalie  Junior
4  Brian Tosti     Defense   Senior
5  Tommy Asterino  Defense   Junior
6  Joey Ferraro   Defense  Freshman
8  Andrew Plewinski  Forward   Sophomore
9  Kyle Hunter     GT/Defense   Senior
11  Tyler Ballantyne  Defense   Sophomore
15  Zach DeRosa    Forward   Sophomore
16  Jason Wade      Forward   Sophomore
19  Michael McCarthy  Forward   Sophomore
22  Nick Rainville      Forward   Senior
23  Anthony Barone  Forward   Sophomore
24  T.J. Goodwin    Forward   Sophomore
25  Eric Chamberland  Defense   Sophomore
26  Justin Reilly    Defense   Senior
27  Matt Findlay    Forward   Junior

Several other players will be added to the roster as the athletic suspensions have been served, but for the past five contests, this group has carried the burden and shared the experiences of what being a team and most importantly, what a teammate is all about.

Good job guys, for the past, the present and hopes for a bright future.

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11 Comments:

At 11:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really necessary to offer your readers a fifth blog on the topic of the Shen Hockey players who smoked marijuana? We get it-bad choice. But they were punished. They paid the price. It's beating a dead horse time.

 
At 11:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anyone who doesn't care about Shen hockey would care about the names of the players involved. Anyone who does care enough to attend games regularly would know.

 
At 1:02 PM , Blogger Stan Hudy said...

Anonymous,
Let me refresh your math before you complain about five entries on the pot-smoking incident that has derailed the Shenendehowa hockey season.

11 years covering Shenendehowa sports

6 Shenendehowa ice hockey sectional championships

Two incidents by players in the program over the last three years

If I shouldn't mention the past incidents then I shouldn't mention "6-time Section II champions", "defending Section II champs" either.

You have to take the good with the bad and the good has always outweighed the bad, but my publication isn't called "The Good News" is it.

 
At 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really want to dig up more dirt on this issue, you may want to inquire as to how the Coach, Athletic Director and Principal conducted their investigation. It incriminated some and exonerated others that are just as guilty of violating the code of conduct. The Shen administration handed down punishments not based on evidence or facts but solely on the hearsay interviews of a dozen scared 15-17 year olds. The end result is that those students that told the truth are off the team and those that lied to cover their butts are still playing. Where is the justice in that? Oh yeah....I forgot, some of them violated the code of conduct on different levels, give us a break!

 
At 5:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take no issue with the previous hockey house incident being mentioned again as long as it's made clear that these are completely different kids. These Shen Hockey players of this season were not the ones involved in the previous incident.

It is legit local high school hockey news to report on what happened last month. But I still stand by that I don't see the necessity of running article after article about the same event if there is no new news to offer. There is nothing in the later blogs that wasn't covered already or couldn't have been shared in previous ones if you weren't looking for so many different headlines). That list you provided could have been shared in any blog from after the Jan 3 Shen vs. LaSalle game.

 
At 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 8 kicked off and 4 only suspended issue definately seems fishy. Surely it didn't take all 8 of them to supply marijuana for a dozen kids. Surely it didn't take all 8 kids to sell to the other 4 kids. What other levels of involvement are there? Are we supposed to believe the 4 who smoked but got to come back to the team did not inhale?

 
At 11:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You others clearly do not understand the power that peer pressure can have on a teenager and these boys were very responsible and made the right choice. I am glad that finally someone gave them the recognition they deserve for there smart actions

 
At 11:36 PM , Blogger mahavlich said...

What's all the fuss about? Stan just did his dutiful job as a reporter, providing a roster. There was much praise of this program during happier times, so one must be fair. Fans have to realize that when THAT many kids screw up and, by doing so, affect a roster THAT much, the pain might linger longer than you like.

 
At 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

mahavlich,

Again, I don't mean to suggest it shouldn't be reported. I just question the need to report it over and over again when there isn't anything new to share on the topic. The list of names of those not involved could have been shared (and those kids got the deserved shout out) over 3 weeks ago. Seems like more headlines than necessary and feels like overkill to me. Just my opinion, feel free to see it differently.

 
At 7:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you realize that there are 3 of the 12 players caught smoking that are suspiciously back playing on the team. Heres a theory....2 are the teams underclassmen Goalies(not good for the future of the program if they dont have goalies) and the third is the Booster Club Presidents kid. Somthings fishy here! Unfortunately many times it takes the media to call out authorities when wrong doings occur. Instead all the Coach and Athletic Director received was praise on this one. Their action with these 3 players is disgusting.

 
At 11:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I have a lot more respect for the 8 who got kicked off the team than the 4 who were allowed to come back. The 8 fessed up, were honest and they faced more severe consequences than the others who tried to minimize their roles. Different levels of involvement is a pathetic joke. Please, there should have been no distinction or levels of wrong doing except for who brought it vs who just smoked it. Pretty much the lesson the 8 who told the truth learned was honesty will bite them in the butt.

 

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