Barkhouse upset no suspension given to Turner
TRURO - The voice of the Bearcats has called his last game after the player who shoved him Sunday went undisciplined by the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
"My decision is final unless there was a reversal and I would not expect that to happen," Harold Barkhouse said Tuesday.
The Truro resident has called Bearcats games since senior hockey came to Truro in the early '80s.
He's been there during championship runs in both junior and senior hockey but Sunday was a low point. During a spirited third period between division rivals, Amherst forward Travis Turner received a minor penalty.
After getting to the box there was an altercation where Turner allegedly shoved Barkhouse. The announcer said he put his arms up in a defensive manner.
"I'd like to make it very clear that the kid was not being shoved by me until I was placed in a defensive position," the 70-year-old said.
The incident was over within seconds as trainer Chip Wright left the Cats' bench to assist in breaking up the dispute.
League president Derryl Smith said he decided not to suspend Turner after speaking with both coaches and the referee. His understanding was "that Harold accosted him first."
While each team is required to tape all its home games, Smith said he has not watched the video from the game or spoken with Barkhouse.
While it has been reported the incident was out of character for the 19-year-old Glace Bay native, Barkhouse said the player must be reprimanded for his actions despite apologizing.
Barkhouse is not pleased with league president's decision.
"He's certainly not considering any protection whatsoever for minor officials," Barkhouse said.
"I compare the decision (to) our justice system," he added. "Protect the attacker but forget about those who were attacked - that's the way our justice system works today."