Captain Bill Clark, another senior, said, "He made it clear that we would sit in the stands, not on the bench. It was like we wouldn't even be associated with the team."
Carpenter replied, "Saying I would pay their way to Washington was correct, but saying I would make them sit in the stands was erroneous. They could sit on the bench. They just weren't going to play."
He said he expected criticism, but added. "When you coach, you've got to take a little heat. When you're not able to run your own team, it would be time to get out."
COFFEE, TEA OR ZAP!
Atlanta has a woman hockey player. Not the NHL Flames, but the Eastern Airlines Embers in the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League. Patty Lynch is a 24-year-old stewardess who grew up playing hockey in Port Huron, Mich. The daughter of a high school coach, she is the only woman on the airline's 16-person team and one of only five Embers who had ever played the game before the team was founded two months ago.
The style of play is rough but loose—the Embers lost one game 27-6—and, says a male opponent (all of Lynch's opponents are male), "She knocked me on my rear end three times the other night." Nonetheless, Lynch says that when a puck hit her in the nose one night and blood ran down to the ice, "It was nice to be a woman. Both benches came to the rescue and everyone was so relieved that I was O.K. If it had been a guy, no one would have paid much attention.
"I try to act like a lady on the ice" she adds, "although it's difficult at times. It's kind of tough to hit the big guys, but the little ones I go after."
If that doesn't work, Lynch, a 5'6", 123-pound center, has other plays. "Like on a face-off to open the game, I look up and open my eyes wide and blink. Sometimes it works. One guy told me if I wanted to be fair, I'd paint a mustache on my face."
In fact, Lynch—who dresses alone before the men enter the locker room—doesn't wear much makeup at all while playing: only false eyelashes. "I realize you can't try to look like a debutante on the ice," she says.