Maple Grove hockey parent: "That whole organization should have a no-confidence vote" [INTERVIEW]

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Board members "just started yelling at him, telling him 'you're not the angel your mom thinks you are.'" It was the last straw. "I thought, you're not going to talk to my kid that way. So we're done with Maple Grove, and now he's playing junior varsity for Breck," Heidemann said, adding that his son is thrilled about the switch.

Heidemann insists that his son's ordeal is indicative of the dysfunctional youth hockey culture in Maple Grove.

Some kids "get away with anything. Dads coach from the stands and nothing is said, parents get thrown out of games by officials for yelling at bad calls," Heidemann said. "One dad told one of the kids from the other team as he was coming off the ice that he was gonna 'kick the shit out of him.'"

Referring to the varsity team's purported sex tape scandal, Heidemann said, "the type of behavior that you got out of those high school kids, if you think that's a coincidence you're crazy. You're breeding this stuff by allowing it to happen at younger ages. Then they get older, are introduced to drugs, girls, and alcohol, and you expect them to behave?"

Heidemann said he knew of a Peewee coach who had a video on his cell phone of one of his players wearing a diaper on his head in an apparent instance of hazing or bullying. A player's father went to the Maple Grove board with the video and ended up temporarily banned from Maple Grove hockey rinks for his trouble.

"The coach with the video on his phone is still coaching. That's insane," Heidemann said. "That very same coach is on another cell phone video kicking one of his players. He should be barred from coaching kids for the rest of his life."

"My concern is that the board is now coming out and giving the perception that they really want to do something, want to distance themselves from the high school team," Heidemann continued. "But the reality is they're so crooked themselves -- it's so hypocritical, that's what bothers me."

And for what it's worth, varsity head coach Stefano was never subjected to the threatened no-confidence vote. As KARE reports, the motion was pulled from yesterday's meeting agenda before the meeting occurred.

THE MAPLE GROVE HOCKEY SCANDAL:
-- Maple Grove hockey player says he graduated from the "college of porn"
-- Maple Grove High School hockey scandal: Rumored player sex tape called "The Show"
-- Maple Grove high school hockey scandal reportedly involved player sex tape [UPDATE]



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whiteguy911
whiteguy911

Typical of the sport of hockey.  Its an expensive sport that requires not only the commitment of the player, but the commitment of the family.  When this much money is spent parents and players feel obligated to play and provide input.  And I'm not saying this has any sort of influence or justification for anything-it could just be coincidence.  But why does the sport seem to be just a bunch of spoiled brat white kids? 

intheknow215
intheknow215

CP should have asked the if they had any issues with any hockey associations in MT.  The answer may not surprise most of you. 

Disgusting
Disgusting

Wow - the fact that City Pages would choose to print this pack of lies without any kind of background checking is appalling.  Grade for journalistic integrity:  F

All you've done is given a forum to the person (Terry) who was responsible for all the issues in the first place.  Well done, City Pages.

intheknow215
intheknow215

Dad, You Love Hockey…I Like Hockey…Don’t Ruin it for Me

ALSOINTHEKNOW1234
ALSOINTHEKNOW1234

Lets handle this in a professional manner, yes almost all of this is inaccurate or way over eaxaggerated or a flat out a lie. Yes their are tons of details left out but lets handle the situation appropriately . No one affliated make anymore comments. I know you are frusterated and upset but this will get taken care of in a timely manner and with the correct form of actions. Please remember we are talking about 13-15 year old kids here and keep them in your minds before responding. Thank you.

tsktsktsk
tsktsktsk

Its to bad that this even got posted by city pages without a follow up to get the whole story and not just one side of it.  Lies have been spread in the story all over the place.  Also privacy laws have been broken.  For a adult to go into the locker room and go after a 14 year old kid is a shame.  I hate to say it but his son is not the angel they think he is and he embellishes the story when talking to his dad.  As to dads coaching kids from the stands Terry you were the number one offender of this.  Standing over the Kids in games and chirping at your son during games or between periods during games.  The only thing they ever talked about all year long is how they cannot wait to get to Brek, they never had any interest in their son succeeding at OMGHA.  Halfway through the season his son was texting kids on the team bragging about how he was going to skate with the JV team this season.

overthetop
overthetop

I have never seen one family wreak so much havoc on a team. And it continues.... First off, let me say that there are a large number of great families on this team who will stand by you in any life event. I personally witnessed many people trying to welcome the Heidemanns to the team, but any friendly advances were not accepted. In all my years of kids in multiple sports, I have seen my share of parents getting carried away in the stands, but I have never seen a parent ejected from a team/association, well, until you, Terry. I was personally told by Austin's mom, Lynn, that a ref had to talk to Austin on the ice and he was told that his behavior on the ice did not warrant him wearing the "A" on his jersey. I'm sure that this type of behavior was not limited to the ice. But how can we expect Austin to own up to his misbehaviors when his dad can't take any responsibility for his actions. It seems that the Heidemanns could use some social work in their own home. Know anyone who can help Lynn? Good luck to everyone at Breck, you are in for a bumpy ride.

PS - SJ, if you are reading this, I don't think most of us were aware of the God like worship we should be bestowing upon you - do you prefer Zeus, Apollo or Thor??

Lovethelies
Lovethelies

Funny I didn't know you could join a high school team half way through the year. I didn't know Austin Heidemann was the captain. I'm pretty sure Austin Latvala and Jacob Vaillancourt were the ones with the C's on there jeresys and you had the A. Terry Heidemann (the dad) was the one that got susppendid from the rest of the games and practices for going in the the locker room and yelling at kids and saying stuff that did not need to be said to a 14 year old when your the parent complaining. Great to see you at the biggest game of the year cheering against us when we won.

tommyjames
tommyjames

How do you suspend those players for wearing a diaper on there heads?  End of the world it is!!!!

intheknow215
intheknow215

There are a couple of important points missing. Dad interviewed in story was suspended from all remaining games and practices for rest of the year due to a locker room incident prior to quitting. Dad gets mad and makes son quit team but then both come out on a snowy Sunday night to cheer against old MG hockey team, real classy. I guess since they are not in the association anymore, the ban is not enforceable?  There is more to this story than the this article reports. 

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Its maple grove, what do you expect? Typical behavior not only of the athletes but students in general. Its horrible and I hope at some point something is done about it.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Sick stuff.  But not surprising.  Stuff like what's been reported about the High School team doesn't come out of nowhere.  The whole system is sick.  Sounds like the same type of culture as in the Steubenville football case.  Unfortunately, it's not uncommon.

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