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January 14, 2008 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

PENALTY BOX

We Like Our Apologies

by Damien Goddard/Columnist

If you read us on a semi-regular basis you won't learn much about hockey, but you'll certainly become proficient on apologizing.

Saturday, the WCHA apologized to Wisconsin about the "Expired Time Goal."

But there have been other equally compelling Apology Letters written in the past few seasons in college hockey.

Who can forget the WCHA Apology Letter to St. Cloud earlier this season?

Sometimes the WCHA likes to make others apologize, such as when they forced North Dakota's Joe Finley to apologize to the Wisconsin Badgers mascot Bucky.

Of course, we're partial to the four Colorado College hockey players who apologized for dressing up in "blackface" during a team golf outing.

Even the WCHA Director of Officials got into the act of apologizing after disrupting a little league baseball game.

Max Bull wrote this apology for Ike at a Fighting Sioux 2005 Frozen Four pre-championship game tailgate in Columbus, signed by former DU players Greg Kieth, Scott McConnell, and Max Bull. Inscription reads: 'Sorry IKE For ******* up both u're trips ...'

Max Bull wrote this apology for Ike at a Fighting Sioux 2005 Frozen Four pre-championship game tailgate in Columbus, signed by former DU players Greg Kieth, Scott McConnell, and Max Bull. Inscription reads: 'Sorry IKE For ******* up both u're trips ...'

Perhaps our favorite apology is DU hockey player Max Bull apologizing to several North Dakota hockey fans. He ruined their trip to the Frozen Four after knocking the Fighting Sioux out of the playoffs in 2004 with a slap shot in the NCAA Regionals.

The North Dakota "Bad Boyz," Robbie Bina, T.J. Oshie & Jonathan Towes' apologized to North Dakota hockey fans after getting arrested at Judy's Tavern in Grand Forks, N.D.

Former DU Athletic Director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy created a stink at Columbia University when she made the club hockey team apologize for posting off color posters around campus. We think she owes the DU community an apology for killing our beloved mascot the Denver Boone.

Sometimes not getting an apology can lead to a "curse" being unleashed on your hockey program. When a hockey fan dressed in UAA garb demanded an apology from Minnesota hockey coaches Don Lucia and John Hill and didn't get it, all hell broke loose.

Perhaps we're just overly sensitive to the apology, since the University of Denver refused to apologize to the NCAA in the Seventies and DU was placed on probation. The probation might have cost DU the 1978 National Championship (below).

Though this Canadian junior issue was complex, by the mid 1970s, the NCAA wanted a resolution. The NCAA asked Denver (and other schools) to declare certain players who had played Canadian major junior to be "ineligible," and in return, the NCAA would "restore" those players' eligibility thus grandfathering the current players with an eye toward eventually stopping the practice altogether.

Denver wanted nothing to do with such a plan. Denver Chancellor Maurice Mitchell and coach Armstrong stood up to the NCAA, refusing to [apologize] call their own players "cheaters." The NCAA then slapped Denver with serious sanctions for refusing to "whitewash" their players.

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