Maple Grove High School’s principal and hockey coach plan to speak Thursday about “higher standards of expectations for student athletes’’ in the wake of last week’s suspension of 13 hockey players.
The players were suspended for at least two games each after an investigation into an incident at a home in mid-December. The district said last week that a "thorough investigation'' found violations of the Minnesota State High School League's code of conduct.
Head coach Gary Stefano, principal Sara Vernig, and Wendy Loberg, who provides system-level oversight for athletics, will discuss how the school plans “to move forward to promote positive leadership and set a higher standard of expectations’’ for the school’s athletes, said Barbara Olson, District 279 community relations director, in an e-mail sent Wednesday.
Since classes resumed on Tuesday, “staff has engaged in planning for the future,’’ the e-mail said. Olson said the officials will talk about a “preliminary plan of action.’’
Stefano was placed on administrative leave with pay for about a day last week while the district conducted an investigation of the team. He was reinstated Friday evening after missing the team’s game with Blaine on Thursday night.
The suspended players included more than half of the team’s varsity roster. Most received two-game suspensions, while “a couple’’ of them were given four-game suspensions, Stefano said last week.
Star Tribune Recommends
More From Sports
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:___STAY CLASSY, CHICAGOWith his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration…
Bryan Colangelo is not masking inferior basketball with a snappy nickname. The only banner he wants raised is one for the next Philadelphia 76ers' championship.
The one name hard to ignore in golf this week isn't playing.President Donald Trump might not even be at the Senior PGA Championship, which is…
Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.
Hunter Renfroe put the Padres ahead, then Brad Hand held on at the end. And when it was finally over, San Diego had one of its most exhilarating wins during a difficult season.