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Player denies former Alaska Anchorage hockey coach abused him; calls probe 'ridiculous'

A former Alaska Anchorage hockey player acknowledges he had an altercation with ex-coach Dave Shyiak, but says it didn't rise to the level of the abuse allegation being made by a former teammate.

Nick Haddad says in a Wednesday email to The Associated Press that the university investigation into the incident is "ridiculous" and should end immediately.

Former teammate Mickey Spencer wrote university officials on May 1, claiming Shyiak violently struck Haddad during a practice in 2011. The university opened a criminal investigation.

In his email, Haddad says Shyiak did strike him with a hockey stick, but it sounded worse than it was. They exchanged words, and Haddad was sent off the ice.

He says they spoke the next day and resolved all differences, and that he hasn't thought about the incident since.