Melt Down At Boise’s Idaho Ice World Continues

Plagued by theft, conflict of interest, a midnight Zamboni run to Burger King, the infamous “strip hockey,” and rowdy boys having fun drinking and mooning, Boise’s City-owned Idaho Ice World can now add forcing young boys to disrobe in public to its credit.

When young men were participating in a game of “strip hockey,” at the City-owned Ice World they called it a “team building exercise.” Older teens had to remove an article of clothing each time they missed a shot, leaving some in little more than jock straps to the outrage of the mother of a young girl.

We can’t imagine what they called it when an entire team of 11 to 13-year-old boys was forced to disrobe in the public lobby of the ice rink as punishment for the alleged act of a single juvenile in the shower.

It happened in early November 2011 according to Eric Andresen, whose 13 year old son was among those subjected to the group humiliation because another boy reportedly peed on someone in the shower. That’s about the time the Penn State scandal was making national headlines with Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky.

One of Andresen’s major concerns was the city’s claim of abiding by the guidelines of “USA Hockey” which requires all local hockey program affiliates to post a “responsible adult” to monitor locker rooms and supervise conduct in the locker room. He claims they failed their duty and wanted his money back after he and his son decided to withdraw from the program. So far, no response from either the city or the Steelheads on refund of at least $800.

Andresen made his complaint with the city over the behavior of the Peewee AA Junior Steelheads coach–who was also the hockey director at a salary of about $44,000 a year. The GUARDIAN has been informed the hockey director resigned Monday. By our calculations this is the 6th hockey director to leave in the 14 years the city has owned the site.

The GUARDIAN contacted Boise’s Park Department for comment about the incident and other allegations relating to their employee. They said it was “a personnel matter.” While not confirming the incident took place, their silence tells us SOMETHING happened and they don’t want to talk about it.

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  1. Diane Sower
    Apr 8, 2012, 11:03 am

    Hopefully only the truth will come out concerning the young hockey players. I question the situation since the hockey coach has quit his position. Why would he do that if everything was hunky dory?

  2. Not Taking Sides
    Apr 8, 2012, 5:56 pm

    @ Diane -The hockey director/coach didn’t quit because he wanted to. He loved his job and he loved the kids. The city put stipulations on him that were different from anyone else in the city regarding his coaching the travel team and it is said he violated the agreement. I don’t believe his resignation was related to kids changing in the back lobby. I wish people would chose to question the city has to why those stipulations were put on one coach and not the other.

    EDITOR NOTE–People do ask, only to be told “Its a personnel matter.”

  3. Not Taking Sides
    Apr 8, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Thanks Dave, but I don’t understand why they can get away with just stating it is a “personnel matter” when they aren’t treating both directors the same. Very frustrating!Do you know if there is any written agreement for the skating director as there was for the hockey director and his involvement with the travel team?

    EDITOR NOTE–You might try asking for a public records request. I have pretty much worn out my welcome in that area. We get nothing be delays, refile request with a single word removed to get at a time frame, expensive cost estimates, etc. Public records have become a screen to hide behind for local government and a convenient way to hide or delay release of information. All the controversy ended up on the GUARDIAN because folks couldn’t get answers to their questions directly.

  4. loving mother
    Apr 8, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Diane, did you have a player on that team? I didn’t think so. Are you saying you are who you really are in that post? I didn’t think so. There is no reason to question any “truth” because the “truth” remains with us, the parents. Also this is a JR STEELHEADS situation and not one for the City. None what-so-ever. If people want to point any fingers in that matter, then perhaps they should take that up with the Jr. Steelheads Hockey Director. (I know he had a son on that team as well so don’t you think if this was in way inappropriate that maybe he would have spoke up? No, he did not. The only ones anybody hears from are those two insecure parents who are continually a problem for the rest of us. Unfortunately they are both two unhappy individuals who are miserable in their own lives. (if anyone is in any way curious as to who those two people are, you may make a written request of the document through the City of Boise’s HR Complaint Department. Anyway I have heard that the city HD quit because he just had enough of all the BS and questions from the City, his employer. And did anyone ever stop to think that maybe the HD had another job possibility that arose? Well, that’s the word on the street anyhow.

  5. Diane Sower
    Apr 9, 2012, 8:13 am

    One mother emailed me to tell me none of this happened, and the fault was with others who had axes to grind. If just one mother thinks everything is fine, where are all the other mothers who surely think everything is fine at the rink?

  6. Hockey 4 Life
    Apr 9, 2012, 11:37 am

    @ Loving Mother….He would certainly be better off since he was always damned if did and damned if he didn’t. I hope that he does have a better job offer and hopefully one that will keep him and his family here. There are still A LOT of players and families that would hate to see them move.
    @ Diane…Knowing how protective most parents are of their kids, wouldn’t you think that if the event was as bad as some have led people to believe it was, that a lot of mothers would have pulled their kids off the team that day and not allowed them to play for that orginization and team the rest of the season and beyond?

  7. loving mother
    Apr 9, 2012, 12:18 pm

    (Name Deleted), do get a life. You know that no other mother on that team backs you and your accusations up. You are a lonely soal.

  8. Diane Sower
    Apr 9, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Ivan, so, your kids play strip games in all their sports activities? We should get over this? I’m older here, 59, but I still called foul when my kids had to strip and show the P.E. teachers how wet they were after showering. Same thing when I was in school. We should have all been in Catholic school.

    EDITOR NOTE–Too much nasty. This is the last word.

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