The Andover High School boys hockey team hit the ice versus Chelmsford Thursday night, but missing from the Andover team was their head coach Chris Kuchar and two assistants.
They’ve been suspended.
School officials have been notified by the state’s Department of Children and Families that there’s an active investigation of possible neglect.
“It’s unfortunate for these coaches because they’re great people,” said Team Manager Pete Stylos.
Two incidents are being reviewed by DCF according to the school district.
After the team lost an away game and were on the road back to Andover, teammates were allegedly denied food as punishment for losing.
And during a practice after another loss, students were allegedly forced to take part in a punitive conditioning session where they were not allowed a water break.
“I can assure you that after every win, loss or tie, that he does not deprive his players of food or water,” said Stylos.
Stylos says the investigation may have had an impact on tonight’s game.
“I think the emotions really ran wild that’s why we had a lot of penalties tonight,” said Stylos.
Multiple messages for Kuchar have not been returned.