Rink rage sends pair to hospital

Brad Works
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OXFORD – Two people were sent to hospital Saturday after a brawl following a minor hockey game.

“It’s unknown how many people were involved,” RCMP spokesman Dal Hutchinson said Monday. 

“We received two complaints of a fight at the rink at 5:54 p.m. Two males were taken to hospital for observation.”

The Mounties continue to investigate the incident that occurred in the parking lot of the Oxford Arena following a minor midget AAA contest between Cumberland County and Brookfield.

The altercation apparently was spillover from action on the ice.

“It happened outside the building, so we don’t know much about it,” said arena manager John Nauss. 

“There were a couple of fights on the ice and from what we are hearing it spilled over outside. The RCMP is investigating.”

Nauss, who was not working at the time, said reports indicated a few players were ejected during the game following on-ice fights.

“It was a nasty incident that should never happen in minor hockey,” Nauss said. “I can’t comment further because I wasn’t there and my staff were inside.”

Gary Copeland, president of Cumberland Minor Hockey, said the association is troubled by the incident and is looking into the situation.

“We’re trying to make arrangements with the other team’s association to sit down with their executive,” Copeland said. “It’s not a very nice situation and were hoping to work to repair what has gone wrong.”

Copeland said the incident outside involved players from the game and a number of parents. 

“The parents were mostly shouting from what I understand,” he said.

Midget-age players range from 16 to 18 years old.

Copeland added there has been some animosity between the two clubs throughout the season but nothing to the extreme of Saturday’s violence.

Brookfield won the game 3-2.



Organizations: RCMP, Oxford Arena

Geographic location: OXFORD, Cumberland County

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