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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fight breaks out in stands of youth hockey game

NY division of USA Hockey is investigating
Posted at 11:31 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 23:31:10-05

LEWISTON, N.Y. — A brawl broke out at a youth hockey tournament at Niagara University over the weekend.

The Tonawanda Lightning and Niagara Junior Purple Eagles were playing on the ice, but up in the stands an argument between two adults developed. They appeared to be yelling at each other in the video, a child then stands on the bench and is shoved away by an adult. The child then falls off the bench, becoming a part of the fight. About a dozen other spectators joined in.

Parents of young athletes said they are shocked by the video.

"We don't allow it on the ice, it shouldn't be in the stands," said one hockey dad.

New York State police said law enforcement was called to the fight. They said two aggressors were kicked out, but no charges were filed.

Joe Baudo, the President of USA Hockey's New York Division (NYSAHA), said it's investigating the incident. The presidents of both teams on the ice at the time said they're investigating too.

John Faso, President of Tonawanda Lightning, said he will be sending a report back to USA Hockey. He does not know if the two individuals kicked out of the event are affiliated with his team or not.

Baudo said once the investigation is completed, the organization will determine if any punishments are necessary.