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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  • nfn
    May 08, 2013 - 07:45

    if what some the parents are saying in the Halifax Hearld is what what actually took place then Dwyer is better taking his punishment then having these readers post the actual facts in the local newspaper and just stirring the pot once again, but then I guess Dwyer is doing this himself by appealing and having an article in the local newspaper, lets get over this for the kids sake,some things never change..

  • Kevin Melanson
    May 07, 2013 - 14:59

    I have heard about this incident and how can two coaches be suspended by Hockey N.S when the RCMP cant find enough evidence to lay charges??? What a joke!!! It all depends on who you are and who you know!! What a disgrace to the RCMP. Good investigation work done by the RCMP/ or not done??? LOL

  • Vicky
    May 07, 2013 - 14:16

    For 14 years I was involved with Minor Hockey, sitting on the executive as well as a parent and a wife of a coach for "A" & AAA teams. I think it was at the PeeWee level Parents had to sign waivers stating they would just sit back and enjoy their children play hockey and encourage them WIN or LOSE!! FAIRPLAY was inplemented ! At playoff time, it was always asked to the boys .....IF we get close enough to advance or win Provinicials or a tournament........ DO YOU WANT TO PUT OUR BETTER PLAYERS ON THE ICE or just play to have fun?? Decision was made by the kids only!! You as coaches acted way out of line, especially for that AGE GROUP. Not many kids will end up in the NHL ! Take your suspensions as given... as kids would have been taught to do in games!!! Parents and kids will respect you more in the end!!!! Your pride has been hurt....................... You both should have thought twice!!!!!