Ex-New Hampshire Coach Admits Assaulting Hockey Player

Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-04 14:35:00-05

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A former University of New Hampshire women's hockey coach has admitted he assaulted a player during a 2013 home game.

Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said Wednesday that Brian McCloskey made the admissions in writing Tuesday as part of a diversion program that requires him to take anger management classes and perform 100 hours of community service.

He admitted pulling a player's jersey, prompting her to land on her back on the bench. After causing her to fall and hit her head on the bench, he held her face mask with his hand.

She was not seriously injured.

Velardi says he hopes all coaches will have a conversation about acceptable behavior.

McCloskey's lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.