We figured it would be impossible for Boise’s Ice World to beat the world-wide publicity garnered when two employees made a midnight food run to the Burger King drive-thru aboard a couple of Zamboni ice groomers, but this story of “Puck Naked” hockey may come close.
Seems the Idaho Junior Steelhead hockey team rents ice from the City-owned rink and last week were engaged in a “Team Building Exercise” which requires the 17-20 year old boys to remove various articles of clothing when they miss a shot during a practice drill–sort of a “strip hockey.”
The Junior Steelheads were said to have been emulating a video of a similar “naked hockey” exercise by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and of course the “strip hockey” tradition inspired by the scene in “Slap Shot” is time-honored as well.
Last week in the middle of this erotic hockey “team building” some parents with young daughters observed the lads in various degrees of undress and notified the mayor’s hotline they were outraged and wanted something done about the behavior.
Doug Holloway, Boise’s recreation chief, said staff at the rink noticed the activity and called the Boise coppers. Coppers took a report, but didn’t really know if it was a crime to slap a puck while wearing only whitie tighties and skates in public.
The team was suspended from using the city ice four days, forced to do their “team building” in a more secluded environment. The guy who bared his bum–reportedly clad in a jock strap–was banned for an extra week.
No more “team building” for a week for that guy!
UPDATE 7p.m. The story was picked up by the Associated Press and has made its way around the globe headlined “PUCK NAKED.” Once again Boise has made the world news–L.A. TIMES, NEW YORK TIMES, SYDNEY HERALD (Austrailia), FOX NEWS, LONDON TELEGRAPH
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