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Maine school hockey players sue for right to play

November 8, 2011

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PORTLAND, Maine—The governing body for high school sports in Maine is facing a lawsuit for not allowing students from other high schools to play for the Portland High boys' hockey team.

The suit filed last week in Cumberland County Superior Court on behalf of two Deering High boys and a Casco Bay High boy contends the decision by the Maine Principal's Association is discriminatory because Deering girls are allowed to play for Portland.

Paul Greene, a lawyer for the boys and their families, says it's a case of gender discrimination.

Deering eliminated its hockey programs because of a lack of players.

MPA Executive Director Dick Durost says allowing the boys to play for Portland violates association rules and it allowed the girls' teams to combine to encourage a growth sport.