League does not suspend accused Blade

Kenn Oliver
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AESHL will wait on outcome of court case

The Avalon East Senior Hockey League executive has decided not to take immediate disciplinary action against the Mount Pearl Blades player arrested after allegedly assaulting a fan following a league game at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace on Saturday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the player in question won’t face league discipline down the road.

Neither the league nor the RCMP, which is investigating the incident, have released the name of the player, who is scheduled to make a court appearance April 19.

“The one thing that’s consistent is the lack of consistency to what people are saying happened,” league president Kevin Dicks told the Telegram Tuesday night.

“The end result is a young fellow charged and really there’s not much we can do until such time that a court case makes a determination on it.”

On Saturday, as the Blades left the ice after losing 4-1 to the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, Glen Legge of Heart’s Content says he was among a group of CeeBees’ fans gathered outside the door to the Mount Pearl dressing room, about 25 to 30 feet from the ice surface, taunting the players. Legge claims a member of the Blades threw a water bottle which struck him on the head and left him bleeding from a laceration above the hairline.

The RCMP were called to the arena, and the player was arrested and later released

The situation is different than one which took place involving the CeeBees’ Matthew French at the Southern Shore Arena a few seasons back. French was given a seven-game suspension after he inadvertently struck a fan in the head during an off-ice melee that ensued as French, who had just been given a game misconduct, was leaving the ice.

The case never went to court, but French was handed the suspension since the incident was witnessed by members of the league executive who were in attendance. That apparently was not the case Saturday in Harbour Grace.

The Avalon Wolverines Search and Rescue Group provides security for CeeBees home games on a volunteer basis and normally create a perimeter for the players to pass through the crowd. And while they were on hand Saturday, Dicks says they were not identified as security, making them indiscernible in a crowd of CeeBees supporters.

“I think it’s very important we have some identification as to who security are,” Dicks says, “in any arena.”

Officials at S.W. Moores told the Conception Bay North Compass newspaper that security will be improved for future home games and that a larger section of the concourse will be roped off when visiting teams are entering or leaving the ice.

When contacted by The Telegram Tuesday, Blades’ general manager Jim Hare declined comment on the advice of the team’s lawyer. A spokesperson for the CeeBees could not be reached for comment.

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Organizations: RCMP, Rescue Group

Geographic location: Moores Memorial Stadium, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay

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  • donna mclean
    February 03, 2011 - 08:41

    it is amazing to me that the league is basically condoning the behaviour of both the player and his action. We know what happened ..are we questionong that the act actually occured..does an excutive member have to see it so action can be taken..or is it a matter of who it is and the team..i feel all players should be treated equally..What happened to Frenc should be the same for this young man..oh no ..reward him for good behaviour.Way to go AESHL

  • John
    February 02, 2011 - 13:15

    Oh, folks, this is only the AESHL that is involved here. Wait until HNL gets involved, the player will definitely get a medal for sportsmanship.

    • Mr.Mom
      February 02, 2011 - 14:32

      It is not right for anyone to throw objects at anybody. Or resort to any form of violence whatsoever but if Glen legge had been acting his age instead of acting like a 15 year old, this incident wouldn't have happened in the first place.

  • Scott Free
    February 02, 2011 - 12:13

    Classless all the way around; I saw better hockey played on Burton's Pond in the 70's. A bush league with bush players and idiot fans.

  • Busy Bayman
    February 02, 2011 - 10:12

    And, for the record, the fans wern't gathered to taunt the players. The fans were held up by security to let the players cross from the ice to the dressing room. Very poor and selective reporting. Even worse judgement by the league. If the player has been identified by the RCMP and has agreeed that he indeed did it then the league should definetly suspend him. Basically they said "Well, a player can assult fans as long as we don't see them do it." Unnacceptable. The league say they have a strict policy regarding on & off ice behaviour, well it's time you stick to the policy instead of making irrational decisions based on what team theyare, who the exec is and who the owner is. Worst part is that by not suspending him they are subjecting him to the possibility of being a target in their next game against CBN. Everyone knows who they guy is. Sometimes the suspension is for their own good, not necessarily a chastising event. BTW, I'm a fan of neither team.

  • Greener
    February 02, 2011 - 10:10

    That's the type of leadership all hockey leagues strive for. Dick's is sending a clear meesage to all the players in his league that if you happen to cut open one of the fans , then rest easy, and get ready to lace em' up next game. Be worrried Gary Bettman, be very worried.

    • Alley
      February 02, 2011 - 12:02

      I was at the game Friday and Saturday night and the Wolverines were there but not doing their job like they did last year when the Cee Bee Stars played Southern Shore,.Last year when they were called for Security purposes you couldn't get a needle between them they were shoulder to shouder and you could not pass through them till all players and coaches were on the ice or coming off.They were identified by there wolverine jackets with their vests over them,some off them just come out just to get in free and watch the game.If they are there they should be doing their job and not lacking around.

  • George Warford
    February 02, 2011 - 07:50

    The Avalon Wolverines, who provide security at this facility were all wearing their Club Jackets clearly identifying them and linking arms to prevent fans and players from interacting physically. So, I believe Dicks is wrong in his statement..