In a matter of seconds, barely a shift in hockey terms, Brian McCloskey’s career crashed through the ice in December.
The veteran coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team grabbed the shoulder of one of his players who, he said, had just sworn at him during a game. McCloskey pulled her down to sit on the bench, and swore back at her. “ ‘Don’t you ever [expletive] talk to me that way again! Do you hear me?’ ’’ the coach, a four-time Hockey East Coach of the Year with the women’s team, said he recalls saying.