The Burnaby Mounties are investigating after video of an alleged violent fight on the ice during an Adult Safe Hockey League game on Friday was posted online this week.
Police confirmed Thursday that they are investigating the incident, allegedly depicted in a video that has been on WhatsApp since at least Wednesday.
The video shows a player at a Friday night game at Burnaby’s Scotia Barn, home to one of the many ASHL operations across the country, appearing to kick an opponent in the head with his skate. Police confirmed to Postmedia that a player was allegedly kicked during the game and required medical treatment.
Dave Rainville, the manager of the ASHL’s Burnaby League, confirmed the incident in an email.
“We are fully aware of the situation and we have it under control,” he said. “The kicked player, although traumatized, finished the game.”
In a statement, the Adult Safe Hockey League said: “The on-ice conduct and behavior displayed in the video in no way aligns with our league values and the rules of the game.
“While we recognize that total prevention of incidents like this is not possible, we will continue to ensure that such incidents are dealt with with the appropriate supplemental discipline, including the possibility of a player being permanently banned from the league.”
The statement says the player has been suspended from the league indefinitely and “and will receive supplemental discipline in accordance with Section 2.15(A) of the ASHL rule book.”
The alleged kick came at the end of an alleged violent confrontation between teams, according to online video.
The video, which has been confirmed by Postmedia as part of the alleged incident, shows that, following an offside call, a player from a team called the Hotshots shoved a player from a team called Grizznasty after the whistle. As the two teams converge, a Grizznasty player wearing number 17 enters the fray and trades shoves with another player, wearing number 90, the same player he will eventually kick.
The two players fell to the ice, with No. 17 on top of No. 90. It appears that No. 17 hit his opponent’s body and head. When one of the officials tried to drag No. 17 away from the alleged fight, the two players turn around, with No. 17 allegedly still throwing punches. It’s unclear if the No. 90 was also throwing punches, but it seemed like he was trying to draw the opponent away from him.
The video shows No. 17 being pinned to the ice by an official, but he allegedly kicks his opponent with his skate.
A shorter clip of the video, showing only the alleged kick, was posted to Reddit on Wednesday night and It has also been seen on Twitter.
The attacking player seen in the video is No. 17 and, according to the minutes posted online, he was given a serious penalty and a misplay for roughness with head contact, as well as a match penalty, presumably for the alleged kick. The minutes identify No. 17 as Brandon Gee-Moore.
Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj told Postmedia on Thursday that the incident was reported to police on Tuesday.
“During the incident, the victim was allegedly kicked by another player, causing injuries that required medical treatment. The Burnaby RCMP continues to investigate the circumstances and actions that led to the player’s injuries,” he said in an email.
“The Burnaby RCMP is in possession of a video showing one angle of the incident, which has been collected as evidence. Investigators are still in the process of speaking with players and witnesses.”
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