Like many alumni I have an “oh, that’s nice” attitude towards the BC Women’s Hockey program and its success. No disrespect to female athletes, it is just that access and coverage of women’s hockey is thin at best and I don’t have much passion for it. For most of the year women's hockey is under the radar, they pop up and win a big tourney, then fall back to their place in the sports scene. So this potential scandal involving misconduct between Coach Mutch and one of the players is the worst kind of news and attention. As expected, the Globe takes a soft approach while the Herald gets a little more salacious.
The degree of this relationship and misconduct is still unknown, but even if it is just inappropriate text messages the guy had to go. There is a line and he crossed it. What I can’t figure out is why these things continue to happen. Whether it is straight or homosexual, there is an underlying creepy factor to many women’s sports. If this were happening in men’s sports I think it would receive much more attention and explanation.
I hope it gets resolved quickly. BC is positioned to have a perennial power in women’s hockey. Let’s hope the school finds someone who can coach and control him or herself.