12-year-olds arrested for actions in Winnipeg hockey brawl

Winnipeg Police have charged two 12-year-olds with assault with a weapon after a hockey brawl in February 2014 at the Southdale Community Centre. Tamara Forlanski / File Photo

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg police have arrested two 12-year-old hockey players in Pine Falls, Man., for assault with a weapon in connection with a hockey brawl in February.

“Members attended to Pine Falls, Manitoba and met with the two 12-year-old players and at that time both were arrested with assault with a weapon,” said Const. Eric Hofley, Winnipeg Police Service.

A 35-year-old coach from Sagkeeng First Nation was charged with assault in April in connection with the brawl at Southdale Community Centre on Feb. 16.

The fight involved players, coaches and referees at the game between 12-year-old hockey teams from Sagkeeng and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.

The game was part of a tournament organized by the Southeast Tribal Council, which suspended a coach and a player following the brawl.

So this summer Hockey Winnipeg launched its Respect in Sport parent program. It’s an hour long mandatory $15 webinar that so far 6,700 people have completed.

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“Last year you’re right, it was a particularly bad year so the board looked at it and decided now’s the time to do it,” said Monte Miller, executive director of Hockey Winnipeg.

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