Mounties probe beer leaguer’s alleged skate-kick to face of opponent

The alleged kick was only the end to an allegedly very violent altercation between teams.

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Burnaby Mounties are investigating after video of an alleged violent, on-ice fight during an Adult Safe Hockey League game Friday was published online this week.

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Police confirmed Thursday they are investigating the incident, allegedly depicted in a video that has been on WhatsApp since at least Wednesday.

The video shows a player in 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 ASHL’s Burnaby league manager, confirmed the incident in an email.

We are fully aware of the situation and have it well in hand,” he said. “The player who was kicked, although traumatized, finished the game.”

In a statement, the Adult Safe Hockey League said:The conduct and on-ice behavior depicted in the video in no way aligns with the values ​​of our league and the rules of the game.

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“While we acknowledge that the total prevention of incidents like this is not possible, we will continue to ensure that such incidents are treated with appropriate supplemental discipline, including the potential for a player to be permanently expelled from the league.”

The statement says the player has been suspended from the league indefinitely and “and will receive supplemental discipline in line with Section 2.15 (A) of the ASHL rule book.”

The alleged kick came at the end of an allegedly violent confrontation between teams, according to the online video.

The video, which has been confirmed by Postmedia as being of the alleged incident, shows that, following an offside call, a player from a team called the Hotshots gave a player from a team called Grizznasty a shove after the whistle. As the two teams converged, a player from Grizznasty wearing no. 17 enters the fray and exchanges shoves with another player, wearing no. 90, the same player he will eventually allegedly kick.

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The two players fell to the ice, with No. 17 on top of no. 90. It appears no. 17 punched his opponent’s body and head. As one of the officials tried to drag No. 17 away from the alleged scrap, the two players roll over, with no. 17 allegedly still throwing fists. It’s not clear whether No. 90 was also throwing punches but it appeared he is trying to push his opponent away.

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, which only shows the alleged kick, was posted to Reddit Wednesday evening and has also been spotted on Twitter.

The attacking player seen in the video is no. 17 and based on the scoresheet published online, he was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for head-contact roughing, and a match penalty as well, presumably for the alleged kick. The scoresheet identifies no. 17 as Brandon Gee-Moore.

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Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj told Postmedia on Thursday that the incident was reported to the police on Tuesday.

“During the incident, the victim was allegedly kicked by another player, causing injuries that required medical treatment. Burnaby RCMP is continuing to investigate the circumstances and actions that led to the player’s injuries,” he said in an email.

“Burnaby RCMP is in possession of 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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