The hockey season came to an abrupt end for Nyack/Tappan Zee on Friday when the Ice Hawks forfeited Sunday’s Section 1 playoff game to Lakeland/Panas. No official reason was given, but several team members were part of a racy video that appeared on YouTube late Thursday.
Heach coach Nick DeSantis would not comment and referred all questions to school administrators. Tappan Zee athletic director Liam Frawley did not return a message left for him at the school.
“We were forfeited from playoffs for a borderline inappropriate video in the locker room of Harlem Shake,” Ice Hawks senior forward Corey Aronson tweeted on Friday.
A link to the video began making the rounds late Thursday, and the short clip becomes objectionable halfway through. Several teammembers are doing the Harlem Shake, a dance repopularized by a recent song of the same name, wearing hardly any clothing. One student-athlete wore only a strategically-placed sock. All of the Ice Hawks in the video masked their faces.
Nyack Tappan Zee had an 11-7-1 record and went into the sectional tournament as the No. 10 seed. Lakeland Panas will now meet Somers/North Salem in a Division 1 quarterfinal on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena.