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by Alanah McGinley on 03/08/11 at 05:01 PM ET
In a recent youth hockey game between the Santa Clara Blackhawks 16AA team and the San Diego Gulls 16AA team, there are allegations that the Blackhawks basically threw the game in order to force another team to play an extra game in the tournament.
From the California Amateur Hockey Association website:
The entire coaching staff of the Santa Clara Blackhawk 16AA team has been suspended indefinitely by Steve Laing, President of the California Amateur Hockey Association. Mr. Laing, in suspending the coaches stated, “The entire coaching staff is being suspended from all USA Hockey activities pending a disciplinary hearing resulting from a game played on Sunday February 27, 2011. During a game between the Santa Clara Blackhawk 16AA team and the San Diego Gulls 16AA team, while competing in the CAHA play downs to establish a berth in the CAHA State championship playoffs, there is credible evidence that they participated in a plan, scheme or design to intentionally lose the game. Such behavior is contrary to USA Hockey’s Coach’s Code of Conduct.”
The video below from NBC Los Angeles notes that in the game, the Blackhawks didn’t take a single shot on net—ultimately losing 5-0—and it was the goal differential that forced another team in the tournament into an extra game. For more details, watch the video. (And our thanks to a KK reader for pointing us to this story).
View more videos at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com.
*Unfortunately the video may not be viewable outside the U.S.A. Our apologies. If another video becomes available, we’ll post it here.
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