An Idaho junior hockey team was banished temporarily from a city ice rink after players engaged in a game of "strip hockey" _ shedding a piece of uniform every time a practice shot missed its mark.
As redress for last Wednesday's incident, Boise forbid the Idaho Junior Steelheads from using Idaho Ice World for four days; one 17-year-old player who shed his underwear briefly was suspended until next week. In addition, police are investigating, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Doug Holloway, Boise's recreation superintendent, says rink employees told him the shootout drill went like this: "If they missed a shot, they had to take off a glove. If they missed another, they had to take off another glove. And so on, and so forth."
An adult whose young daughter was on an adjacent rink saw the 17- to 20-year-old Steelheads skating in their skivvies and complained to a city hotline.
Rink employees who also noticed the scantily clad skaters urged them to cover up.
Police were alerted a day later and are looking into whether Boise's public decency laws were broken by the incident.
The city forbids people from showing their buttocks in public, largely to curb erotic dance parlors. Exemptions include dance, ballet, music or dramatic performances, or artistic displays; nudity during ice hockey practice isn't on the list.
A team assistant told Junior Steelheads owner John Olver the players were emulating the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, who held a similar shootout last week where they discarded pieces of equipment after failing to score. But the Lightning stripped only to shorts and shirt; the Junior Steelheads disrobed down to their briefs. At least one 17-year-old player doffed his underwear completely, to "moon" another player.
"His behavior didn't live up to our player code of conduct," Olver said.