Nyack and South Orangetown School District officials suspended at least 11 members of the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee ice hockey team from competition for violating the squad's athletic code of conduct.
South Orangetown School District Administration released an official statement Tuesday regarding the forfeit by the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee team of a Section 1 ice hockey playoff game Sunday against Lakeland/Panas.
"We had an investigation that involved coaches, athletic directors and administrators of both the Nyack and South Orangetown School Districts," said South Orangetown Spokeswoman B.J. Greco. "It was found that several members of the combined Nyack-Tappan Zee high school ice hockey team ahd violated the team's athletic code of conduct during their school practice.
"While not all of the kids were involved, not enough were left to put a proper number on the ice, so the game had to be forfeited."
Greco said at least 11 players were involved, leaving less than the 10 required to play.
"This is not an entitlement for the kids," Greco said. "It is a priviledge. It was a bitter pill for them to swallow."
The action stems from a video posted by the players of a version of the "Harlem Shake" that school officials deemed inappropriate.
Nyack-Tappan Zee had a record of 11-7-1 and had been the No. 10 seed in the Section 1 Division 1 Tournament.