Hockey dad slapped with indefinite suspension for fighting coach

A hockey dad who got into a scuffle on the bench with his son’s coach at a minor hockey game earlier this month is facing an “indefinite suspension” from all team activities, the league’s director said Wednesday.

That means he’ll be banned from Waterloo arenas and those across Southwestern Ontario where the Waterloo Wolves minor midget team may play, Alliance Hockey executive director Tony Martindale told The Free Press.

“Waterloo (Minor Hockey Association) has issued it, and then we’ve followed up. It’s all team activities, home and away,” he said of the suspension. That ban applies to the rest of the post-season as well as future seasons.

Alliance Hockey oversees minor hockey associations across Southwestern Ontario, including those in Waterloo and the London region.

The parent, photographed locked in a tussle on the Waterloo bench during Game 3 of a playdown series between the Waterloo Wolves and Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AAA teams on Feb. 3, has the right to appeal the suspension, Martindale added.

The Chiefs were ousted a week later, on Sunday, in a do-or-die game in Komoka.

The players on both teams, born in 2003, are in their OHL draft year.

“Charges have not been laid so far in the investigation, but we are in contact with (Alliance Hockey) and working with them to determine the best course of action going forward,” said Const. Andre Johnson with the Waterloo Regional police.

Martindale confirmed Alliance Hockey is continuing to work with police to address the altercation.

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