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High school boys hockey team lingerie ‘talent show’ gets coach dismissed

Jan 25, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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The fine line between hazing and just wearing women’s underwear for fun is the subject of contention in Howell, Mich., where Howell High School boys hockey coach Randy Montrose and his staff have been dismissed by the school district. At issue was a traditional “talent show” organized by the coaches, in which players — many dressed in lingerie, including some in bras — paraded before a crowd at a local bar.

Two photos from the show can be seen in the video linked here.

School officials called it a hazing incident, and initially planned to pull the plug on the season. But an interim coach was found and the team has continued to play out its schedule.

But many parents, including some who were present at the talent show, say all the players participated willingly, and that it was harmless fun.

And 7 Action News was on the scene!

7 Action News has two photos that are being used with permission from each student’s parent. One of the teens shown in the pictures is wearing a dress and a wig. A second teen featured in a photo is wearing nothing but shorts and boots. 7 Action News has been told the rest of the team was wearing similar clothing and paraded around a bar in Marquette across from the hotel the team was staying at.

“I had a girl’s bra on and some shorts,” said Keiffer Roth, a sophomore. The hockey player said that everyone thought it was funny and no one complained or felt uncomfortable. Each teen performed a skit or song and awards were given out. Most of the parents of the players were there, including Roth’s father Jim.

“I asked and he said, well dad I want to do it and no one is forcing me to do it. As strange as it was, it was just clean fun,” said father Jim Roth.

I’m not sure what the controversy is here. So Howell students were wearing skirts and women’s underwear? For Christ’s sake, look at the school’s mascot. (Main photo above).

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‘It’s tradition': High school hockey coach fired for ‘hazing’ after players paraded through a bar in women’s lingerie [London Daily Mail]

  1. michiganhockey11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Well, I’m a little bit embarassed to have played here for a few years back in high school. Can’t think stuff like this won’t get out today with cell phones youtube, etc. Saw the interviews with the players and they talked like absolute idiots. Coaches/parents had to know that most districts have “no-tolerance” for even small stuff like this.

    I was there with previous coaching regimes. Worst hazing we ever did was make the rookies load/unload the bags off the bus during away games. Not that you can even call it that, just one big f-ing inconvenience. Of course none of the players would publicly say if they thought it was stupid and were a bit hesitant to doing so. That would lead to ridicule in the locker room and you might have to go helmets/gloves with someone.

    And to Rick, they are the Howell Highlanders. True Scot doesn’t wear anything under the kilt.

  2. guinsrule - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Can’t blame school officials. All it takes is one angry parent to file a lawsuit and the school could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars and they could lose their jobs. It could also be used in future hazing lawsuits for “allowing a pattern of behavior.” Better to be safe than unemployed.

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      That’s kinda what I am thinking, although he probably has a day job being a high school hockey coach.

  3. odj810 - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    sounds like team unity to me. ridiculous for sure.

  4. florida727 - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    This was held in a BAR? What’s the legal drinking age in Michigan?

    Jim Roth, please stop reproducing. You’re supposed to be an ADULT. Try acting like one.