Peewee hockey coach in Manitoba charged with assault after scuffle with referee

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WINNIPEG - Police have charged a peewee hockey coach in Manitoba with assault following a fight with a referee earlier this year.

Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley says the investigation is continuing and charges are also being considered against two young players.

An on-ice scuffle took place during a February game in the city between teams from the Sagkeeng and Brokenhead Ojibwa First Nations.

A video shows that a referee was trying to break up a skirmish when he fell on top of a Sagkeeng player and the 12-year-old broke his wrist.

One player then swung his stick at the referee's head and an adult jumped off the bench and onto the referee.

Police say the unnamed Sagkeeng coach, a 35-year-old man, has been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Organizations: Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley, First Nations

Geographic location: Manitoba, WINNIPEG

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