HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Farmington Hockey Players Being Held Out Of All-Star Game For Behavior Of Fans

Mar 9, 2021, 4:29 PM

farmington hockey all stars...

Courtesy: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tonight Utah High School Hockey is hosting an All-Star Game at the Maverik Center, but four Farmington players will be forced to sit out.

Players from across the state have been voted in and will get the chance to represent their school or independent team in skills competitions and a game. For many of these players, it will be their last opportunity to play for their high school and also a chance to play in front of scouts from local colleges.

Four seniors from Farmington are being held out of the game in an apparent miscommunication. The players are being punished by the Utah High School Hockey trustees for the behavior of their fans at their recent state championship game. According to the board and Farmington’s head coach Gordan Whittier, the number of spectators allowed at the game was limited and some Farmington fans tried to sneak into the game.

Congratulations to Park City on winning the D1 Affiliated State Championship. Photo courtesy of Blake Palmer/Shutterspeed.

Posted by Utah High School Hockey Page on Monday, March 1, 2021

It’s important to note that high school hockey in Utah has a board of trustees because they are not sanctioned or managed by UHSAA.

According to the Utah High School Hockey Board, the four players can’t participate because they are not in good standing with one of the venues used for the championship series – The Ogden Ice Sheet. But according to a statement provided to KSL Sports from the Ogden Ice Sheet, the players are in good standing with the rink.

“There have been no formal discussions with UHSH to ban Farmington from the facility,” The statement reads, “We would like to reiterate that the facility had no problem with the players but did have issues with the unsafe environment that some parents and unapproved guests created for our staff. We sincerely hope UHSH can find a way to reconcile the actions of a few non-players and still recognize players for their hard work.”

In a recent board meeting, the trustees also accused those fans of exchanging harsh words with officials.

When it comes to high school hockey in Utah, typically, before any discipline is handed out, there is a hearing by a disciplinary committee. That did not happen. In a meeting following the incident, the issue was put to vote and board members voted to stand by the decision to hold the Farmington All-Stars out of the game. The exact vote count was not provided in a copy of the meeting minutes.

Utah High School Hockey Board President Shannon Woodall made her case at the hearing, “You’re not in good standing with one of our rinks, our contracted rinks, therefor you are not in good standing with us.”

KSL Sports has reached out to Woodall for comment but has not heard back.

“We sent the (COVID specific) rules through our email, they have been consistent all season with each rink having their own version of the rules. We pay into the league to provide security for the games and we all knew based on previous state championships there would need to be more security for this game,” Farmington Coach Gordan Whittier told KSL Sports, “The system worked and everyone did their jobs. We’ve even purposed a counteroffer of having the coaching staff suspended from the All-Star game and having no fans allowed for their first three games of next season, so the boys would not miss out on tonight’s game.”

Friday 2/26 brings 2 Championship games, due to limited spectators you can catch the live streams at the links…

Posted by Utah High School Hockey Page on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Rumors about the players being held out of the game started flying well before the meeting of the board took place in which they voted to hold the players out.

As of now, the Farmington players will not play in tonight’s All-Star game.

High School Sports

KSL Sports Livestream with UCCU logo...

KSL Sports

Utah High School Football 2023 Streaming Guide: Week 8

Week eight streaming schedule for the 2023 high school football season on the KSL Sports app and KSLSports.com.

16 hours ago

Woods Cross vs. Roy Football...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Rewind: Week 8 High School Football Picks

Week 8 of the high school football season is nearly here and we get ready for the jam-packed Friday with KSL Sports Rewind's picks.

16 hours ago

Roy vs. Woods Cross Football...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Rewind: High School Football 2023 Top 25 Rankings Entering Week 8

Week 7 of the high school football season in the state of Utah is in the books, and there is some shake-up in the KSL Sports Rewind Top 25.

2 days ago

Woods Cross vs. Roy Football...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Rewind High School Football Week 7 Recap

Week 7 of the high school football season in the state of Utah is in the books and KSL Sports Rewind has a full recap.

3 days ago

Roy vs. Woods Cross Football...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Rewind: Top Plays From Week 7 Of HS Football Season

Dusty Litster of KSL Sports Rewind highlighted all the great plays from the sixth week of the high school football season.

4 days ago

Skyrige-Lone-Peak-Football-2021...

KSL Sports

How To Watch Game Night Live: Lone Peak Knights @ Skyridge Falcons

Game Night Live returns for Week 8 with a Game of the Week matchup featuring two 6A schools in the Lone Peak Knights and Skyridge Falcons.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

jimmy-buffett-tour-art...

KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Farmington Hockey Players Being Held Out Of All-Star Game For Behavior Of Fans