Former UAA Hockey Coach Accused of Hitting Player

The University of Alaska Anchorage is investigating an allegation that its former hockey coach struck a player with a hockey stick.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The University of Alaska Anchorage is investigating an allegation that its former hockey coach struck a player with a hockey stick, another black mark for the beleaguered program which suspended a search for a new coach after naming four finalists earlier this month.
   
Ex-player Mickey Spencer alleges in an email dated May 1 to university officials that former coach Dave Shyiak hit another player, Nick Haddad, with a hockey stick during an on-campus practice in 2011.
   
Spencer claims in the email that the hit was a "'baseball-style' swing across the midsection because Nick messed up in a practice drill."
   
The Anchorage Daily News first reported the allegation Tuesday.
   
A lawyer representing Shyiak, who was fired earlier this year after eight losing seasons, didn't immediately return a message.