More suspensions handed out following minor hockey brawl

Alliance Hockey has handed out more suspensions following several fights that broke out in a game between the Waterloo Wolves and Brantford 99ers, earlier this month.

It happened in a minor bantam game in Brantford on Sunday, February 2.

Several days later, a 35 second video was posted online, which showed a 99ers’ player throwing punches at a Waterloo player, who was lying on the ice.

Two Brantford players then appear to go after another player from Waterloo, before the referees are able to break it up.

On Friday, the executive director of Alliance Hockey, the governing body that oversees both associations, confirmed two additional suspensions were handed out.

One of the players, the referees couldn’t get to, received a two-game ban, as well a five-game suspension, levelled at the father who posted the video.

The parent was suspended for violating Alliance Hockey’s social media policy.

“That process is to work up through your association … then it would go to our discipline committee and the committee would deal with it. In this case, it went through social media, we have a social media policy and that needs to be followed.” Tony Martindale explained on Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS.

Martindale said putting it out on social media can create ill will between associations.

“I’ve had a long conversation with the parent. He understands … what can happen when it goes out over social media. It makes a lot of work for a lot of different people … it gets us out of our process and that’s why we have rules like this in place.”

Officials also addressed the incident with the other parents, when the two teams faced off again this past weekend.

In addition to those two suspensions – two players from Waterloo and a pair from Brantford – were suspended five games for their role in the brawl, at the end of the game on Feb. 2.

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