Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey radio play-by-play voice Bruce Ciskie of Red Rock Radio has been forwarded a letter of apology, apparently from members of the UMD student section at Amsoil Arena, in response to their conduct during a home series against North Dakota on Feb. 10-11.
On Thursday, a Tweet by a UMD student is asking fellow students to sign a pledge to be more respectful at hockey games. That pledge link is here.
The letter, as posted by Ciskie:
Dear UMD faculty, staff, fellow students, and the Duluth community,
The UMD student section would like to apologize for our behavior during the Men’s Hockey games on February 10th and 11th, 2012, against the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Some of the chants and cheers used were inappropriate. A number of the students involved have discussed the repercussions of our actions and agree that we crossed a line. As adults we recognize that it is important to take responsibility for our actions. In sports there is a fine line between cheering on your team and offending part of society. The UMD student section prides itself on being one of the loudest student sections in the WCHA. The cheers from this hockey series were meant to intimidate and poke fun at the UND nickname and hockey team, not the Sioux Tribe or any other members of the Native American community. As a student section, we are embarrassed that this situation has become more than just cheers at a hockey team. We apologize for offending any parties and wish to portray a better image, both for UMD and for Duluth.
Along with this apology to our school and fellow community members we would also like to add a pledge that these types of behaviors will not happen again. It is our responsibility to pass along what we have learned from this experience to both current and future UMD Men’s Hockey fans.
The UMD Men’s Hockey Student Section