Harvard women’s hockey coach Katey Stone is retiring, the school announced Tuesday. The move comes after nearly three decades at the helm but also in the wake of abuse allegations that have roiled the program.

Stone’s retirement comes after reports in the Boston Globe and The Athletic earlier this year detailing wide-ranging abuse allegations, including hazing. The investigative stories led the university to commission an external review of the program in March by law firm Jenner & Block.

While Tuesday’s announcement did not mention the review or its status, a school spokesperson told The Athletic that the investigation was complete.

“When we release anything, I’ll let you know,” the spokesperson told The Athletic when asked if the firm’s findings would be made public.

Under Stone’s leadership, the Harvard hockey team formed a culture in which players “were routinely pitted against each other, subjected to hazing and initiation rituals that involved forced alcohol consumption and sexualized skits and traditions,” The Athletic reported.

Among the team’s traditions was an annual event called the “naked skate,” which dated back decades, though Stone and her coaching staff called it an unsanctioned activity in a meeting with the team earlier this year. The most recent skate occurred in January, one day after the publication of the Boston Globe story, which described a 2022 incident in which Stone uttered a racially insensitive comment in front of Indigenous members of the team.

According to the Globe, Stone said the team was playing like there were “too many chiefs and not enough Indians.”

Following that incident, two Indigenous players, Maryna MacDonald and Taze Thompson, left the team. So did Sydney Daniels, an assistant coach with Indigenous roots. She later filed a complaint against Harvard and its athletic department.

Associate head coach Lee-J Mirasolo took a leave of absence from Harvard starting in late March, then left the program in early May to take a head coaching position at Stonehill College. Freshman defender Jade Arnone transferred to Boston College after the 2022-23 season.

Stone also has been accused of downplaying injuries and mental health issues and leading derogatory chants directed at players. One player’s parent noted that the program appeared to be “a mental-health Hunger Games.”

“For coaches, stepping down from the bench, leaving the program you have poured your heart and soul into for this many years, is especially hard,” Stone said in the news release announcing her retirement. “I believe a coach knows in their heart when it is time for change and I look forward to supporting the next chapter in Harvard women’s hockey. I am grateful to my coaching colleagues and administrators who have supported my journey. Thank you to my players and alumni for sharing your lives with me.”

In a letter to Harvard hockey alumni obtained by The Athletic, athletic director Erin McDermott encouraged players to submit recommendations for new head coaching candidates. The search will begin immediately.

“Hiring head coaches is one of the most important responsibilities that I hold given the impact on student-athlete experience,” McDermott wrote. “I look forward to the process and am confident that we will hire an excellent coach.”

Ohio State graduate student Sophie Jaques was named the 2023 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, which is awarded annually to the best Division I women’s college hockey player. Jaques is the first Ohio State athlete and first Black player to win the award. She is also just the second defender to receive the honor, joining Harvard’s Angela Ruggiero, who won in 2004.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award,” Jaques said during her acceptance speech at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota on Saturday. “I am grateful to be a recipient of an award named after the incredible athlete, scholar and human being, Patty Kazmaier. While this is an individual award, I have been supported by a whole team of people throughout this season and my career at Ohio State, and I owe this all to my coaches and teammates over the last five years. Receiving this award is something I never even could have imagined was possible.”

Jaques is the WCHA record holder in career goals by a defenseman (61) and also owns 95 career assists. The Toronto native is the 10th Canadian winner of the Patty Kazmaier award, joining Jennifer Botterill (2001, 2003), Sara Bauer (2006), Sarah Vaillancourt (2008), Vicki Bendus (2010), Jamie Lee Rattray (2014), Ann-Renee Desbiens (2017), Daryl Watts (2018), Loren Gabel (2019), and Elizabeth Giguere (2020).

Jaques was a top-three finalist for last year’s Patty Kazmaier award and went on to help Ohio State win its first ever NCAA championship in women’s hockey. The Buckeyes will attempt to defend their national title in Sunday’s final against the Wisconsin Badgers (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Last spring, Jaques graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Ohio State in the same field. The 22-year-old is also the vice president of SHEROs, which according to an Ohio State press release, is an “organization that provides a safe space for minority female student-athletes to have open discussions and promote diversity in sport.”

The other finalists for the 2023 Patty Kazmaier award were Northeastern University forward Alina Mueller and Colgate forward Danielle Serdachny. Mueller was also a top-three finalist in 2020.

Wisconsin freshman Caroline Harvey scored a clutch overtime winner in Friday night’s Frozen Four semifinal against the University of Minnesota to send the Badgers to Sunday’s NCAA women’s hockey championship game.

“Honestly, I blacked out, but it was pretty crazy,” Harvey said of her game-winner at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota.

Harvey, 20, deferred her freshman year at Wisconsin in order to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where she was the youngest member of the silver medal-winning U.S. hockey team. On Thursday, the New Hampshire native became just the second Wisconsin freshman to earn All-America honors.

Friday’s NCAA semifinal marked the sixth meeting between Minnesota and Wisconsin this season and was the third determined in overtime, with two other games ending in a tie.

Minnesota took the early lead after 2022 Patty Kazmaier winner Taylor Heise scored just over three minutes into the game. In the third period, Wisconsin scored two goals in 57 seconds with tallies from Laila Edwards and Sophie Shirley. After pulling goalie Skylar Vetter for an extra attacker, Minnesota forced overtime with 1:11 remaining in regulation thanks to a goal from Madeline Weathington.

In Friday’s other NCAA hockey semifinal, Ohio State defeated Northeastern 3-0. Ohio State enters Sunday’s championship aiming to defend its 2022 NCAA title, while Wisconsin could break the record for most NCAA titles in women’s hockey. The Badgers are currently tied with Minnesota at six titles each.

Sunday’s NCAA hockey championship game between Ohio State and Wisconsin will air on ESPNU (4 p.m. ET).