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“Chippendale” Hockey At Ice World!

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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  1. Steve Stuebner
    Oct 27, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Geez, you’d think they would hold the coach responsible, not the kids!

  2. The women with their daughters in tow had better make sure their ladies never go to the mall. If they see the latest Abercrombie and Fitch murals, the little sweethearts may just get “the vapors” and be scarred for life!!!

  3. BPD did the right thing. It’s not a crime to do what they did…just weird and not appropriate for a family ice rink.

  4. sam the sham
    Oct 27, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Guess that family had never seen boys in swim attire. Perhaps they need to get out more.

  5. Cool! or is it cold?

  6. One of the worst things ever is this bunch that make ya wear a swim suit at the natural hot springs… some people are too up tight

  7. BoiseCitizen
    Oct 28, 2009, 6:02 am

    Once again the Guardian scoops the traditional media. I think they just sit back and let Dave do all the hard work, and then cut and paste to make it look like they actually do something.

  8. This would not be a story if the City were not involved in the entertainment business.

  9. Flyonthewall
    Oct 28, 2009, 8:11 am

    I have two grown sons of my own and i can tell you the guys at this event were probably having a great time. Nothing better than grossing out the females of the species if given a chance and venue to do so.

    Fraternity initiation involved striping, shaving an armpit and running past the sorority houses in Moscow bare as a newborn.

    I saw a picture of Rod Stewart on the internet in a then and now dressed in a smaller than Speedo swimsuit. Now that was hard to take and there should be a law.

  10. sam the sham
    Oct 28, 2009, 10:04 am

    lol so according to the reporting in the Statesman, there is a law against “showing buttocks in public”, yet there is a constant showing of buttocks in this city – the mayor and city council.

  11. girls just wanna have fun
    Oct 28, 2009, 10:09 am

    Kids, don’t let them have fun. Crush their imagination. At each and every turn frustrate their creativity. Smack them when they don’t follow orders, then smack them when they do – then wonder what is wrong with them. Wonder why they rebel, don’t listen, do drugs and hate adults.
    These good kids were just doing what they are taught to do – listen to the coach and follow his orders. Would the coach have played the same game if it was a mixed gender team? hmmmmmm.

  12. There has to be an ACORN connection here. Ahhhh maybe “2” acorns were involved…..

  13. The fear of having to play naked on the ice would make me a better hockey player!

  14. I hate to burst the testosterone bubble going here, but what these young men did in a public place was improper and in poor taste. Isn’t it great that Idaho keeps making national news for buffoonery and stupidity. OK, you caught me, I’m a MOM. I taught my son better; so should these coaches and so-called leaders who mold our children’s lives in our absence. Fire the coaches, ban the team from the rink permanently and stop “lightening up” on serious matters unrelated to politics and city hall issues.

  15. Hope the prudes posting here never go to a beach in Spain. Might have a heart attack.

  16. Hazing? and kids under the age the age of 18… hmmm. and DOG, prude? these are 17 year old children being told by an adult to take their cloths off… and you support? how are they being PRUDE as you speak?

  17. Flyonthewall
    Oct 28, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Kappa Ta, I am 63 years old and I am willing to be you don’t know half of what your son has done if he is a normal, inquisitive teenaged male. I am reflecting back on the sins of my youth with a great fondness of that period in my life.

    MOONING was a great activity of the day in my youth. Call it juvenile or whatever but it sure was fun. Streaking was one of the more risque activities in the 1970’s. I can remember a ski instructor STREAKING down the mountain at Big Bear Ski Area. Ski hat, goggles, boots and nothing else save the skis and poles.

    Get over it MOM.

  18. NEVER!



  19. sam the sham
    Oct 29, 2009, 10:18 am

    Kappa TA
    Sure it wasn’t right of the coach, but that is it…. it’s the fault of the coach, not the kids. Between obeying the coach, thinking it sounded grown up and fun, and peer pressure, the kids practiced their shots.
    I suppose you never did anything silly as a teen. I suppose peer pressure has never had any influence on you – not as a teen and not now.
    If you say that you have never been influenced by peer pressure then you either lack introspection, are in total denial or are not telling the truth.

    ps. Idaho’s elected, respected officials are lead buffoons. Did you vote for any of them?

  20. Tom,
    My 17 year old grandfather fought in WWI. I’m glad the coach didn’t make them enter a tight jeans contest like our Idaho governor.

  21. There were no coaches on the ice. It was just the kids fooling around on thier own. And no young girls saw them either. Just a parent.

    EDITOR NOTE–Just a Parent, I believe you, but Boise’s legal office has refused to provide us with the security video, claiming it would put the public at risk–ala “national security,” We are appealing the refusal to the District Court and will be able to confirm your report eventually. Last time we saw video from a city camera, the police chief was returning stolen property to the mayor’s office.

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