Video shows brawl between players and parents during youth hockey game in Tewksbury – CBS Boston
TEWKSBURY (CBS) – A scuffle between players and parents at a youth hockey game in Tewksbury is under investigation. The brawl started on the ice and the parents appeared to be trying to break it up after stepping through the door of an ice rink.
A video posted on social media shows that two men start to jostle each other before they fight.
“The parents got involved and that’s where the problems really started,” said Kevin Kavanagh, general manager of Massachusetts Hockey.
The brawl erupted on Saturday after an 18U Championship match between teams Tewksbury and Raynham. It happened at the Breakaway Ice Center.
“Fighting in youth hockey is not allowed so they will be subject to the penalties that are required there, but from a parents’ point of view we have a zero tolerance policy,” Kavanagh said.
Several parents and players face indefinite suspensions and are the subject of a police investigation.
“We summarily suspended four people, two from each of the programs,” Kavanagh said.
He stresses that the incident is isolated and does not reflect their organization.
“We have over 50,000 players in the state and they do a great job day after day week after week playing a game they love, and our volunteer base is phenomenal as well,” said Kavanagh.
Police won’t say if they plan to indict anyone involved, but will say at least one player was injured in the brawl. He suffered a cut to his face.
Investigators say they’ve interviewed referees and are looking at surveillance tapes and videos of the fight that have been posted on social media.