Andover hockey coach calls accusations of player mistreatment ‘false’

Lawrence, MA  1-25-18:  Andover High School interim hockey head coach Peter Loring is pictured behind the bench during the game. Andover met Chelmsford in a boy's high school hockey game at the Valley Forum.   (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Andover High School interim hockey head coach Peter Loring is pictured behind the bench during a game last week. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school hockey coach placed on leave is refuting allegations that players on the team were denied food and water as punishment for losing games.

Andover High School varsity boys’ hockey Head Coach Chris Kuchar’s attorney says Kuchar “strongly denies the accusations that he has abused, neglected or in any way mistreated” his players.

Kuchar’s attorney says the allegations are “false.”

Andover announced Thursday that the state Department of Children and Families is investigating. Two other coaches were also placed on leave.

School administrators say the department is investigating two reported incidents: students not being allowed a water break while being forced to do punitive conditioning during a practice after losing a game, and players being denied food while returning to Andover after losing an away game.