Ontario minor hockey parents brawl in stands
Published Monday, March 25, 2013 1:04PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 25, 2013 6:32PM EDT
It was after the whistle was blown that things in the stands got out of control.
Parents who were watching a minor bantam hockey game between Six Nations and host Tweed, Saturday night, getting into a massive brawl.
The incident was all caught on video and posted to youtube.
The Ontario Provincial Police are reviewing the video and are asking for witness to come forward as part of an investigation. Charges have yet to be laid.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association released this statement:
The actions and behavior of this group of spectators is considered unacceptable. Community sport reinforces values of participation, respect, healthy life style, team work and cooperation. The Ontario Minor Hockey Associations Code of Conduct and Fair Play Codes are in place for all stake holders and define expectations. It is unfortunate that these situations tarnish the image of minor hockey across the province.
Parents who watched the video says behaviour like this has no place in the game.
“That honestly makes me not want to allow my child to play any sports. Not because of what's going on the ice but what's going on in the stands,” says hockey mom Cheryl Scott.
“Not really fun to listen to and I think it would kind of make me feel sad,” says 10-year-old Quinton Burns.
Burns is in Ottawa from Smiths Falls for a novice hockey tournament. His mom says they’ve been lucky to not experience a similar incident.
“I think it's disgusting that that happened,” says Casey Burns.
University of Ottawa professor Michael Robidoux followed a minor hockey team for two years to study the behaviour of parents. He says there is a troubling sense of tension in every rink they visited.
“There's much more at stake when you're a parent seated at a minor hockey game than you see at a pro hockey game. The fact that these parents have a huge emotional attachment,” says Robidoux.
Robidoux says all some parents need is a trigger to lash out.
“I'm almost surprised they don't happen more often,” he says of the youtube brawl.
With a report from CTV’s John Hua.