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Andover High varsity hockey coach denies accusations amid DCF probe

Earlier this week, the school announced that Chris Kuchar, the varsity coach, and two assistants were placed on leave pending the outcome of a DCF investigation.

The Andover High School varsity boys’ hockey head coach who was placed on leave amid a Department of Children and Families investigation has denied accusations he “abused, neglected or in any way mistreated’’ his players, according to his attorney.

Chris Kuchar and two assistant coaches were placed on leave Wednesday pending the outcome of a DCF investigation into allegations that players were denied food and water as punishment for losing games, school officials say.

In a Friday e-mail, Kuchar’s attorney, Tom Gleason, said, “Coach Kuchar strongly denies the accusations that he has abused, neglected or in any way mistreated his hockey players. These allegations are false.’’