Nova Scotia

Both sides mum on Dalhousie hockey hazing meeting

Suspended members of the Dalhousie University women's hockey team and the school's president met on Monday but neither side would discuss details of the meeting.

Suspended players of women's hockey team met with university president

Suspended members of the Dalhousie University women's hockey team and the school's president met on Monday but neither side would discuss details of the meeting.

Team members wanted to meet with Tom Traves to talk about recent player suspensions that ended their season following an alleged hazing incident.

Charles Crosby, a spokesman for Dalhousie University, said Traves agreed to the meeting as a courtesy and listened to some of the team's concerns, but he wouldn't say whether the team asked for reinstatement.

"Anytime someone comes to you and makes requests of you and asks you to respond, I think it's a courtesy to certainly consider that information and get back so he'll do that forthwith," Crosby said.

"Again, really nothing new was raised. We'll see what that ends up being but I have no expectations that anything is much different."

Earlier this month, 17 of the 22 players on the team were suspended after an internal investigation of an alleged hazing incident at a private house party in September.

With only five players remaining — all first-year players — it was impossible to put together a team and the Dalhousie Tigers women's hockey team was forced to forfeit the rest of the season.

The players have accused the administration at Dalhousie University of overreacting and have said they will consider legal action if their appeal to the president fails.

Meeting was 'rough,' says player

When contacted by CBC News, one player described Monday's meeting as "rough" but refused to divulge any other details.

The team issued a statement last week saying it had held a private house party to welcome the new members.

The statement said the rookies were dressed up in "odd clothing" and were asked to eat sardines, hot peppers and whipped cream. It said although there were drinking games, no one was forced to drink alcohol, nor were they forced to participate in any of the activities.

The team apologized for any mistakes made during the party, but was critical of the way the university handled its investigation, alleging the school was aggressive and unfairly interrogated players.

Last week Crosby said the statement left out a number of details, but he refused to elaborate citing privacy concerns. He has said the incident involved "humiliation, intimidation and excessive drinking."

Dalhousie University's investigation began after a parent approached the team's coach with concerns over the treatment of new players.

The school has a zero-tolerance policy on initiation rituals or hazing.