West Prince hockey coach suspended indefinitely

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Another day, another allegation, this one saying coach left ice surface, went into stands to confront teenager

Hockey P.E.I. is conducting a full investigation into an incident alleged to have occurred during a midget AA hockey game last Friday night in Sherwood.

Rob Newson, executive director of Hockey P.E.I., confirmed a West Prince coach has been suspended indefinitely pending a full investigation.

He said Hockey P.E.I. is in the process of gathering information but declined to provide details of what led to the investigation.

A fan, who was at the game, emailed The Guardian to say the West Prince coach is alleged to have left the ice surface and gone into the stands to confront a teenager.

That information could not be verified.

This comes to light a day after a front-page story in The Guardian revealed that a Nova Scotia minor hockey coach is accusing a P.E.I. game official of taunting his team and later attacking a player, prompting an RCMP investigation.

RELATED: Nova Scotia coach accuses official of taunting, attacking player in Cornwall

Mark Whidden, head coach of the Midget C Chebucto Chill, says he and three of his teenaged players have since been suspended indefinitely, pending completion of the Mounties' probe and a subsequent review by Hockey Nova Scotia.

The Halifax team, which includes players from 15 to 17 years old, was competing in Cornwall, P.E.I., on Feb. 20 when the Chill received what Whidden describes as an inordinate number of penalties in the first period.

One of the two linesmen was standing next to the Halifax team's bench when he made a series of sarcastic comments about the team's play, the coach says.

When one player told the linesman to "shut up," Whidden alleges the linesman lunged across the barrier, pushing the teenage player’s helmet against the player's face mask and swore.

The Guardian reached that linesman on Wednesday. He declined comment pending the outcome of the RCMP investigation.

This incident, between the Chebucto Chill and a P.E.I. team, is in no way connected to the events Hockey P.E.I. is investigating, which occurred last Friday during a midget AA hockey game.

(With files by TC Media, The Canadian Press )

Organizations: RCMP, Halifax

Geographic location: Sherwood, Nova Scotia, Cornwall

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Recent comments

  • meat
    March 25, 2016 - 12:29

    hockey pei is a joke bring back A and b

  • Concerned about the game
    March 24, 2016 - 16:36

    I also agree with formerislander there is problems with our levels of hockey...or too many of! Time and time again we have heard one major midget team is enough...talent is spread too thin. And then there's minor Midget AAA, AA and A. Bring back the high school hockey as other provinces have and perhaps have one other midget team...AA perhaps? Plus you are right...too many 15-18 year olds have no incentive anymore. High School hockey would be a nice turn of events. As for officiating...there is problems that lie within the system for sure. It only takes a few bad apples to create such a mess in the media...but they can and have prevoked individuals from the ice before. Here in lies the question...who holds the officials accountable? Nobody seems to be asking that. We all know " we wouldn't want the job" and " it's a tough job" but the referee in chief of said association that may be involved in a unfortunate incident shouldn't be responsible to hold all accountable. To me...they seem untouchable and that is wrong. They too...make bad decisions!! As for parents/coaches and kids going over the line...unfortunately it happens....it's just they are the ones who get punished....sometimes warranted ...sometimes shouldn't be...there's always two sides to the story. It's like a badly called penalty...you missed the spear....but called the retaliation. Who should be called here for two minutes?....the answer is both!!! I am in no way pointing fingers at anyone involved...everybody has their take...and their right to form an opinion. This is simply mine.

  • Really
    March 24, 2016 - 14:34

    what was the child drinking?? An opinion with zero facts, don't make assumptions. Former islander, still got the island mentality to Blame with no details.

  • Concerned Parent
    March 24, 2016 - 10:07

    When did it become alright to assault anyone? The child in question that was grabbed in the stands weighs 105lbs. He did nothing to warrant such barbaric behaviour. I'm sorry people but you have a better chance of winning the lottery twice then your kid playing in the NHL. The adult involved should be banned from every arena in Canada and charged with assault. And punished by the law. Jail time. The time for parents to stop acting like children has arrived.

  • formerislander
    March 24, 2016 - 00:04

    Here in lies the problem, the teenagers that are at the rinks that aren't playing are drinking and don't care or aren't drinking and don't care cause they are punks. The city should be providing security at these Midget games, the kids are 17-18 years old and need to be policed. Next, hockey Pei needs to eliminate all of these foolish midget AA and AAA teams and bring high school hockey back to the province. As well, only ONE major midget team. This won't fix the solution this year or next, but, in time it will. These 15-18 year olds have no incentive to play anymore. And maybe some of these kids that are hanging around the rink will be playing for their school and not playing AA because they know or fear that AAA is too expensive.

    • Hockey player
      March 24, 2016 - 13:46

      High school hockey would probably have a lot of interest in PEI.. Imagining a big rivalry between Rural and the Gray.. But for the Rural at least no AA players would have a shot at making it and very few AAA players would as there are a lot of good hockey players playing maj. Midget and as a player I know a lot of kids would much rather play for their school