Article by Teddy Gelman, The Review
Just a few hours before they were scheduled to leave for their league playoffs, the Delaware men’s club ice hockey team was interrupted by the news that it wouldn’t be going anywhere.
During the afternoon of Feb. 24, the team’s three captains broke the news that due to allegations relating to marijuana use by team members, the university had canceled their trip to the playoffs, held at the University of Rhode Island.
According to an anonymous letter delivered to The Review, these allegations were manifested in a $100 cleaning fee, allegedly for the use of marijuana, billed from the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Collins, Colo. to the University of Delaware. The team stayed at the hotel during a mid-Nov. trip for games against both Colorado and Colorado State.
The team denies smoking marijuana during their November trip. According to the team captains, upon arriving to the Colorado hotel in November, they “immediately noticed [it] smelled of marijuana. [The captains] also have online guest reviews from travel-related websites showing that the Fort Collins Holiday Inn Express smells of marijuana, and that guests are charged a cleaning fee even though they deny having smoked marijuana.”
On the evening of Feb. 23, Stas Kukulka, operations manager for the Fred Rust Ice Arena, where the team practices, sent a text message to Vinny Zingarelli, the team’s president, informing him of a meeting the following day. This meeting included Kukulka, Zingarelli, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Recreation Jake Olkkola and Jim Kaden, assistant athletic director for the ice arenas.
According to the letter, Zingarelli was not made aware of the purpose of the meeting prior to its occurrence.