RCMP breaks up wild hockey brawl in N.B.
The RCMP had to intervene during a senior hockey game in New Brunswick on February 19, 2014. (TVA screengrab/QMI Agency)
SAINT-LEONARD, NB — The RCMP broke up a wild brawl at a senior hockey game that began on the ice and spilled into the stands.
It happened Wednesday evening in Saint-Leonard, on the Maine border about two hours northwest of Fredericton.
The Temiscouata Predators were trailing 6-4 with 50 seconds left in the third period when referees called a major penalty.
The call sparked fisticuffs between the home team and the Lower Madawaska Draveurs.
"It was brewing on the ice and in the stands," Predators defenceman Louis-Philippe Lachance told QMI Agency.
Mounties were called in and stopped the match.
"There were a lot of people in the hallway near the dressing rooms. Several opponents wanted to come into our dressing room. We blocked the doors and got out of there."
Eyewitness Luc Lebel told QMI that a Draveurs player who was not dressed for the game jumped him in the stands.
Predators fans then came in to help, said Lebel. That's when other fans entered the fray.
Lebel suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital. He has since filed a police complaint.
RCMP Sgt. Marc Violette said police are investigating the melee.
"If there is evidence for criminal charges, it will happen," he said. "It's the Crown that (will decide)."
The league says it will consider sanctioning players and will examine security at the arena.