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.