Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press release

Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press Release

12 February 2009

22 January 2009, at 8:06 pm Saugeen Shores Police officers attended to the Southampton arena to investigate a report of an on ice assault. A midget boy’s hockey game was being played between Saugeen Shores and Arran-Elderslie at the arena. During the game but away from play two players became involved in a skirmish resulting in one of the boys (16 years of age) striking the other (15 years of age) from behind, with his stick in his hands and in the area of the other player’s neck. This caused the player to drop to the ice and lose consciousness for about 10 seconds. An ambulance was called and took him to the Southampton Hospital and later to the Owen Sound Hospital for further testing.

The injured player is still feeling the effects of the incident.

Police investigated this assault and interviewed many people. After consultation with the Crown Attorney police formally charged the 16 year old male with assault with a weapon. He will appear in Walkerton Court in March for a first appearance.

As previously stated in a press release, it is not a usual practice for police to investigate on ice activities, sometimes certain incidents need to be investigated to determine if any criminality exists. Activity that can be considered acceptable on hockey ice certainly would not be acceptable in the streets. At what point does activity on the ice cross the line between sport and criminal behaviour?  Unfortunately in this incident, a court of law will make that determination.    

Dan Rivett

Chief of Police

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