Crude hockey chant should be dropped
Congratulations to the Memorial Marauders for playing some of their best hockey so far this season at the Red Cup tournament. The games were entertaining.
I have a concern, however, with some of the material chanted by the cheerleaders, supposedly to inspire the players and fans. What are they thinking?
One chant in particular did not start just recently but in fact has been brought to the attention of past administration at Riverview High School – to no avail. This chant is known to anyone who attends the Riverview games: it is offensive, crude, and shows a lack of class both by those who perform it and by the staff and administration who continue to condone it.
I must add that not all Riverview staff agree with the use of this chant, some having voiced their concerns.
The reactions of some of the fans – seniors, parents, hockey fans young and old – were apparent on Red Cup weekend: startled looks, comments, shaking heads.
There were teams and their fans here from across our province as well as Manitoba. What kind of impressions did they leave with, and are these all flattering to our community?
This type of language and behaviour just add to the hillbilly reputation we Cape Bretoners all too often get saddled with.
It is long past time for the Riverview administration (members of which were at the arena that weekend) to rectify this by removing this chant from their cheerleaders’ repertoire.
What does this chant have to do with the game of hockey? Charles MacLennan North Sydney