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17 suspended from brawl

More than a dozen players and coaches have been suspended as a result of a brawl in a men's university hockey game over the weekend.

Atlantic University Sport confirmed the suspensions Wednesday to 15 players and both head coaches.

The brawl broke out in the third period of a game between rival Nova Scotia universities Acadia and St. Francis Xavier.

Suspensions were handed out to six players from Acadia and nine from St. FX.

“Every suspension announced today is automatic,” said executive director Phil Currie.

“If you left your bench, you receive an automatic two-game suspension. If you were the third person in a fight, you receive an automatic two-game suspension, and so forth."

Former Kelowna Rocket captain Rodney Southam, a second year player in Acadia, was given a two-game suspension for taking part in a subsequent fight.

Suspensions, totalling 39 games, ranged from two to five games in length.

Currie says a second investigation is now underway, looking into the actions of five players and three coaches based on a review of video from the incident.

“This whole situation is extremely disappointing,” said Currie.

“These are institutions of higher learning and as university sport administrators, violence at our events is unacceptable. There is no place for fighting in university sport—be it in hockey, basketball, volleyball or any other sport. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our student-athletes.”

Allegations that comments pertaining to sexual violence may have played a part in the brawl are also being investigated as part of the secondary review.

Further sanctions could be announced within a week.



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