Suspended coach to appeal decision

Christopher Gooding
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AMHERST – One of two Amherst coaches suspended by Hockey Nova Scotia following a February fracas on the bench is not satisfied justice has been done.

Minor league assistant coach Reggie Dwyer and head coach Scott Beed were was handed suspensions after a heated exchange turned violent in front of the team made up of seven and eight year-olds. It is alleged Beed head-butted Dwyer after arguing over what direction to give players. It was further alleged, while they were being separated, Beed also struck Dwyer.

The game was stopped with eight minutes left in the game and, while RCMP were called to investigate, no charges were laid because of insufficient evidence, leaving Dwyer dismayed with police and hockey officials for the province and Cumberland County.

“I still haven’t been contacted to be told I’m suspended by the hockey association or Hockey Nova Scotia,” Dwyer said from his Amherst home. “Definitely. I’m going to appeal it.”

Hockey Nova Scotia communication director Garrith MacDonald confirmed two coaches were suspended – one for three years and the other for two years – but could not give any particulars on the suspension, other than both would have been contacted about the decision, which was made “in the last month or two.” 

Both parties can file appeal in the decision, MacDonald said.

“They would have to file what they feel are their grounds for an appeal and a decision would be made by the executive director,” MacDonald said.

Life hasn’t been easy off the ice since the Feb. 23 incident, Dwyer said, but is convinced someone, either a parent of an Amherst player or a parent of an Antigonish player, would have been videotaping the game at the time of the incident and a video record could go a long way to corroborate he was on the receiving end of the incident.

Until then, he’s trying to move on from the incident.

“I’m keeping my head high and I’m proud of what I did for minor hockey over the years.”

Calls to Beed and Cumberland County Minor Hockey president Richard Allen have not yet been returned.

Organizations: Cumberland County Minor Hockey

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Cumberland County, Antigonish

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