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The Boston University hockey team playing a home game at Agganis Arena. (wallg/Flickr)
The Boston University hockey team playing a home game at Agganis Arena. (wallg/Flickr)

Ice hockey holds a unique position among college-level sports. These days, unlike football or basketball, hockey players almost never begin their college careers straight out of high school.

High school hockey players are sent to play in junior hockey leagues across the country and in Canada for up to two years. There, they're pounded, pumped and primed for their college debut. They emerge two years later physically and mentally tougher than the rest of their freshman classmates.

It's hardly surprising then, that a Boston University task force charged with investigating the culture of the men's ice hockey team found hockey players aren't properly integrated into the wider college community.

The investigation — prompted after two players were accused of sexual assault (charges against one player have since been dropped) -- found that "the elevated social status" of the men's hockey team had led to "a culture of sexual entitlement" among its players.

Guest:

  • Peter May, sports journalist
  • Pete Souris, assistant commissioner for Public Relations for the Hockey East Association

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This segment aired on September 10, 2012.

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