Amherst Stadium security will continue to keep a cap on profanity

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on December 5, 2012
Fighting is common between hockey players, like this Sunday fight featuring Amherst Ramblers defenceman Jamie Bishop, but fighting spilled into the stands during Sunday's Maritime Hockey League game against the Miramichi Timberwolves at Amherst Stadium. 
Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - People attending Amherst Stadium over the weekend were put on notice that anybody hollering profanities would be ejected from the stadium.

Security didn't have to eject any fans for swearing but one person was ejected for fighting during Sunday's Maritime Hockey League game between the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers and the Miramichi Timberwolves.

"The incident on Sunday had nothing to do with swearing," said Ramblers president Jim Henwood. "The fight was basically started by somebody from outside of town from the other team that came over and provoked one of the fans."

The police were called, and the person who provoked the fight was removed from the stadium. Police say no charges were laid in relation to the incident.

"It was a young fellow. I think the fans were needling one or two of the (Miramichi) players, and that stuff goes on," said Henwood. "We don't want to eliminate that because that's part of the fun. As long as you're doing it in good taste and you're not using profanity when your doing it we're not going to discourage that.

"The young gentleman was ejected from the stadium," added Henwood. "It was just that one incident. I talked to security and they had no other issues at all really."

The Ramblers also played Saturday night at home against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

"Saturday was really good," said Henwood. "None of that stuff went on, so we didn't have to enforce anything, and we're hoping we don't have to because we're trying to get fans to come to the stadium we don't want to throw them out."

The need to more strictly enforce the policy against hollering out profanities came about after a recent game.

"A few Saturday's nights ago it was pretty rude," said Henwood. "One individual, we don't know who it was, was very rude to a lady at the game.

"What we want to get across is, at the end of the day it's a hockey game, and we're not discouraging people as far as hollering and yelling. We encourage people to be as noisy as they want," said Henwood. "That stuff goes on, but there's been some real bad profanity directed at different people and that's the kind of stuff we want to curb because we want to have it so you can go to a game with your wife or your son or your daughter on a Saturday night and you don't have to worry about someone hollering profanities at the top of their lungs."

Henwood encourages hockey fans to come to Ramblers games and enjoy the product on the ice.

"Our team is working really hard and we're winning. Its really good hockey."

More pictures from Sunday's game against the Timberwolves can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com