Nearly 30 hockey parents involved in postgame brawl Local OPP

Talbot Gardens arena, in Simcoe “There were some parents reacting to some on-ice incidents between the players and obviously parents get heated in the moment of the game,” said Simcoe Minor Hockey Association president Marty Jefferson.“There was yelling in the (arena) lobby but there certainly was no physical altercations.”Said Paris coach Sean Koekoek: “Yes, there were some words thrown back and forth, which I’m not saying are appropriate either, but there was no swearing or anything like that.”The Sunday afternoon game was a matchup between two peewee squads that are also simultaneously playing against each other in an unrelated playoff series that is tied at two wins apiece. The next game, barring a tie, would decide that series. It’s set for this Saturday.While officials with both hockey organizations downplayed the incident, a referee who worked the game acknowledged it was a tense matchup.“There was definitely animosity between teams, between coaching staffs, between parents – as soon as you stepped on the ice you could feel a negative energy,” said Ben Jolley, Simcoe’s referee-in-chief.“The game started and it was quite apparent the kids hate each other. You know it’s not just the kids themselves, it’s coming from other areas.”Added Jolley; “I would honestly say it was the fault of both organizations for allowing this game to even happen. It’s a (regular season) game that should’ve never been scheduled (during) an OMHA (playoff) series.”Koekoek said his team has requested an official from the Ontario Minor Hockey Association – the governing body for those communities — attend Game 5 of the series on Saturday, but doesn’t expect the situation to escalate.“I think everybody realizes it’s kids hockey and at the end of the day we can’t be doing that stuff whether we feel it’s justified or not,” he said.Jefferson will also attend the game and has asked arena staff to be on alert. Staff is able to remove any parent or fan if necessary.“We’ll just be prepared both from an arena staff perspective and from an organization perspective,” he said.Puck drop for Game 5 is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday in Simcoe. SIMCOE – There may have been some unsportsmanlike conduct, but nobody dropped their gloves.While one participant says a “negative energy” hovered over a minor hockey game here that ended with an altercation between parents from the two teams, the police description of a post-game “brawl” between the adults is inaccurate, officials say.Tuesday, Norfolk OPP announced they were looking into an incident at Simcoe’s Talbot Gardens arena during which they said as many as 30 parents were engaged in a “brawl” after the final buzzer of a game between 11- and 12-year-olds from Simcoe and Paris. The police probe is continuing, OPP said.But officials from Simcoe and Paris, Southwestern Ontario towns located about a half-hour drive apart, stressed that to their knowledge there was no physical fighting between the two groups.