April 25, 2014 11:47 am

Coach charged in minor hockey melee

WINNIPEG – Police have laid charges against the coach of a minor hockey team involved in an on-ice brawl that was caught on video.

Officers announced Friday that a 35 year old man from Sagkeeng First Nation was arrested Thursday and charged with assault. Police noted that charges are also pending against two of the players involved, who are 12 years old.

The February 16th fight at the Southdale Community Centre in Winnipeg was recorded by a Sagkeeng First Nation parent and posted on YouTube.

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“Initial investigation revealed that an altercation occurred during and at the conclusion of a hockey game involving players, coaches and officials,” police said Friday in a news release. “As a result of the investigation it was determined that charges against one of the coaches and two of the players were warranted.”

A 12-year-old player’s wrist was broken when he and a referee went down on the ice during the struggle at the end of a game between hockey teams from Sagkeeng and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.

A coach left the Sagkeeng team’s bench and jumped on the referee after the pair went down. One player is shown slashing at another player with his stick.

The game was not sanctioned by Hockey Winnipeg. It was played under the authority of the Southeast Tribal Council, which announced earlier this month that it would suspend some of the players and coaches involved.

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