The commissioner of Pennsylvania's high school ice hockey league is feeling the heat after making a controversial suggestion to maximimize teams' time on the ice.
As reported by Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League commissioner Ed Sam sent an email to 183 high school hockey teams in Central and Western Pennsylvania advising them to abandon the tradition of playing the national anthem before games.
Sam insists that the decision has nothing to do with his patriotism and everything to do with time. Time, of course, is money, and ice time happens to be lots and lots of money.
"Ice is very, very hard to get and it's not cheap," Sam said. "We're talking $300 an hour sometimes or even higher than that."
Ice time in Pennsylvania is reserved and managed according to a strict schedule. A high school game was recently stopped in the third period because the schools' ice time was up.
As a result of some of the negative feedback the league has received, Sam said the PIHL will hold another meeting on the matter.
(Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.)