Dal men’s hockey team under investigation

CIS, Dal tight lipped about issue and process

Dal's men hockey team is under investigation for an issue the CIS and Dal won't release
Dal’s men’s hockey team is under investigation for an issue the CIS and Dal won’t release

The hazing drama around the Dalhousie women’s hockey team has finally been resolved, but an off-ice issue with the men’s team still remains.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport continues to investigate the men’s hockey program, after Dal notified CIS that one or more of the league’s policies had been violated. The notification came last fall but CIS has yet to make a decision on the matter and hasn’t released any of the investigation details or even admitted what it is investigating.

“We can’t say. One of the rules of the CIS is we can’t speak of the specifics at all until they’ve concluded their investigation,” said Dal spokesperson Charles Crosby. “That’s their condition and we’re going to respect their rules.”

Crosby says CIS still isn’t sure when the investigation will conclude.

“They are investigating. We have no idea how long a process that will be. They don’t put a timeline on their process,” said Crosby. “They don’t even try to estimate. They’ll let us know when a resolution has been met on their end.”

The Chronicle Herald published an article citing an unnamed source who “described the infractions as irregularities with regards to player bursaries.” That source suggested the investigation concerned league policy  regarding athlete financial awards.

Dal fired the team’s former head coach, Pete Belliveau, on Oct. 10, 2012. Dal notified CIS shortly after Belliveau’s removal.

“He’s no longer with the university,” said Crosby. “We don’t talk about personnel issues.”

The Tigers’ current head coach Chris Donnelly says the investigation hasn’t been a distraction for the team and he hasn’t been told of any details of the investigation.

“The university and CIS are handling it,” said Donnelly. “They haven’t given me any details on the issue or the investigation.”