Hockey Nova Scotia mandates security for minor midget AAA teams

Dave Mathieson
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Associations mum on length of bans for Cumberland, Brookfield players

AMHERST - Hockey Nova Scotia handed down suspensions to players yesterday stemming from fights that broke out in the parking lot of the Oxford Arena following a minor midget AAA game between the Cumberland County Bombers and the Brookfield Elks on Jan. 30.
"There were a series of suspensions to the players as a result of the incident that took place that night," Darren Cossar, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia, said.
"As far as the actual suspensions to the players, it's unfortunate, but I can't release that information. That would have to come from the players' parents themselves or from their Association."
When contacted, members of the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association refused comment.
A call was also made to the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association but was not returned.
Though Cossar wouldn't talk about the suspensions, he did talk about sanctions handed down.
"Security needs to be in place for those two teams when they play, if they should meet for the remainder of the season," Cossar said.
"Also, there's a reminder being sent to all coaches about monitoring their players in the dressing room and when they leave the arena."
Cumberland County and Brookfield could meet again at a Nova Scotia Mainland Minor Midget AAA Hockey League tournament in Amherst in March.
The Jan. 30 incident resulted in two players being taken to the hospital for observation Minor midget AAA players range in age from 16 to 18 years old.
Eyewitnesses to the outburst said a scuffle also broke out between parents of the players.
The altercations apparently followed on-ice fights where players were ejected from the game.
Brookfield won the game 3-2.

Organizations: Hockey Nova Scotia, AAA, Cumberland Oxford Arena Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association South Colchester Minor Hockey Association Nova Scotia Mainland Minor Midget AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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  • John
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Would you people from Brookfield please just keep your own biased comments on your own papers website. Oh wait, you don't have one

  • 2010
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Hockey Nova Scotia preeches about fairplay and teamwork, if sticking up for your teammate when he is being beaten and then dragged into the woods isnt standing up for your team i dont know what is and i dont know what your supposed to do just ask them to stop ? this is pathetic, my team is like another family, if you seen your brother getting beat on the ground wht you would do the same, shame on you hockey nova scotia,

  • Jack on the rocks
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Linda,the rink parking lot is rink property.Which also mean associated with hockey,not like going to the park and fighting.If the players were willing to act like idiots,they should be willing to take their lumps,no pun intended.Maybe next time they'll think first.

  • Cumberland
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    I was there too and I guess you don't want to remember how this started with 5 Brookfield players fighting in front of your bench on top of 3 yes 3 Cumberland players, removing their helmets so the Brookfield players could pound their heads in the ice, goudge their eyes, etc., etc. As for the comments made by biased Brookfield fans/parents no one was ever dragged down the street, no one hid behind cars or attacked anyone. It was the complete opposite one Cumberland player left the rink door with his Father and was jumped by 3 Brookfield (2players and a parent) The more of you that commented about how the responsiblity is Cumberland must be trying to justify your false statements. Brookfield is trying to portray themselves as victims to cloud the truth in the matter that actually both sides were in the wrong and should be equally punished.

  • Brent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    resonse to linda, linda i agree with much of your statement , i was there and i do no what happened, never was i interveiwed by any one, i was there at the start (or seconds after the assult )and i was there with the officer after many people were gone ,all and all this is a black eye for everyone involved and has ended so it seems some good young mens hockey carrers for helping out a team mate.

  • Linda
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    To Mr. Baker. Are you sure this is what happened or are you assuming this is what happened. If he left the rink by himself then you probably did not see what happened. I have talked to several people with different versions of what happened but in the end I don't think minor hockey has the right to suspend anyone for something that happened outside the rink, that would be the same as suspending them for fighting at a local park. It is unfortunate that this happened but I don't think that this should be within minor hockey's jurisdiction. If the police didn't press charges then it should be over and done with. Next time they play parents and players should think before they act.

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    All the bickering will not find the solution to this problem, let Hockey Nova Scotia handle this in a fair and just manner. From past experiences as a coach and manager, I must say that I have been swore at spit on and subject to abuse from parents from opposing teams. They seem to go CRAZY if their little Johnny does not STAR as they would want him to. A lot of parents see their young players already playing in the NHL and reaping millions of dollars for a sport they love. In North Bay one mother slapped my assistant across the face as she assumed that her son was being treated unfairly in regards to icetime, once we found out that he still had his skate guards on and corrected this he was able to keep up to his teammates. Goes to show that us coaches do not know everything, but we try.

  • bambam
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I agree that Cumberland minor hockey did a poor job in this case, it seemed from the start that they were guilty of dragging their heals. I feel that the suspensions were too soft and politics certainly showed it's ugly face again. One Cumberland player got off lightly with a suspension that only lasts the rest of this season, that is a farce, the seasons almost over, he got a slap on the wrist and I even heard that a certain suspension is going to be fought as they think the rest of the season is a travesty, I think they should take their licks and carry on, you are very lucky that it wasn't alot longer as the Brookfield players that were jumped were assaulted badly, I am ashamed to call myself a Cumberland fan after this incident.