Mounties probe Burnaby beer leaguer’s skate-kick to face of opponent

The kick was only the end of a very violent altercation between teams.

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Burnaby Mounties are investigating after a violent, on-ice fight during an Adult Safe Hockey League game Friday.

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Police confirmed Thursday they are investigating the fight, which is depicted in a video that has been circulating on WhatsApp since at least Wednesday.

The WhatsApp video shows a player in a Friday night game at Burnaby’s Scotia Barn, home to one of the many ASHL operations across the country, kick an opponent in the head with his skate.

But the kick was only the end of a very violent confrontation between teams.

The incident began after an off-side when a player from a team called the Hotshots gave a player from a team called Grizznasty a shove after the whistle. As the two teams converged, a player from Grizznasty wearing No. 17 enters the fray and exchanges shoves with another player, wearing No. 90, the same player he will eventually kick.

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The two players fell to the ice, with No. 17 on top of No. 90. He rains blows down on his opponent’s body and head. As one of the officials tries to drag No. 17 away from the scrap, the two players roll over, with No. 17 still throwing fists. It’s not clear whether No. 90 was also throwing punches but it appeared he is trying to push his opponent away.

The fight appeared to have dissipated and No. 90 attempted to crawl away. No. 17 is then pinned to the ice by an official, but he swiftly kicks his opponent with his skate, possibly striking his face.

A shorter clip of the video, which only shows the kick, was posted to Reddit Wednesday evening and has also been spotted on Twitter.

The attacking player in the video is No. 17 and based on the scoresheet, he was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for head-contact roughing, and a match penalty as well, presumably for the kick. The scoresheet identifies No. 17 as Brandon Gee-Moore.

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Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Kalanj told Postmedia on Thursday that the incident was reported to police on Tuesday.

“During the incident, the victim was allegedly kicked by another player, causing injuries that required medical treatment. Burnaby RCMP is continuing to investigate the circumstances and actions that led to the player’s injuries,” he said in an email.

“Burnaby RCMP is in possession of video showing one angle of the incident, which has been collected as evidence. Investigators are still in the process of speaking with players and witnesses.”

Dave Rainville, the ASHL’s Burnaby league manager, confirmed the incident in an email.

We are fully aware of the situation and have it well in hand,” he said. “The player who was kicked, although traumatized, finished the game and played the next day as well.”

According to the ASHL website, Gee-Moore has been given an indefinite suspension. The ASHL is affiliated with Hockey Canada and so it’s possible further discipline could be forthcoming.

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