GUELPH, Ont. -- Six hockey players and two coaches were suspended following a brawl between two teams of eight-year-olds in Guelph last week that has stunned police. Three players each from the Duffield Devils and Niagara Falls Thunder novice triple-A teams, and their respective coaches, were ejected from the Guelph Power Play Tournament on Friday after a brawl during a game.
"These are eight-year-olds," said Staff Sgt. Neal Young of Guelph Police.
"How ridiculous is that?"
Police were called to the arena shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. A small fight had broken out between players on the ice and both coaches sent more players from the bench to join in the fracas, Young said. A member of the Niagara Falls coaching staff approached the Duffield bench and allegedly spit in the face of a Duffield coach.