Lake Manitoba hockey players speak out about weekend brawl


Some of the young Lake Manitoba hockey players caught up within a brawl on the ice during a game last weekend said they were being treated illegally.

Some of the youthful Lake Manitoba hockey players caught up in a brawl around the ice during a game final weekend said they were becoming treated unfairly.

Colby Choken, one of the Silver eagles players from Lake Manitoba that faced off in a championship game against the Stonewall Blues on Sunday, blamed the referee.

“I don’t know how to put this, ” he said. “The ref was being one-sided in the game. There was two groups, and the ref was performing as if there was one. ”

Darrel Swan, coach of the Lake Manitoba team, also said their players were being taken care of differently.

“Lets bring up NHL hockey, ” he said. “There is usually poor calls on it on a single side. But , this sport in Stonewall, it was one-sided call. From the start of the sport when the puck was fallen. ”

There are allegations one of the players chance a puck at the ref. But Lake Manitoba First Country Chief Barry Swan informed CBC News after the sport that didn’t happen.

Swan said authorities lost control of the match and were calling too many penalties against the Eagles for the majority of of the game.

Winnipeg author Don Scars said it’s entirely possible 1 team was being treated differently.

Marks’ guide, They call Me Chief: Warriors on the Ice, looks at the experiences of Very first Nations athletes who have overcome obstacles to play in the NHL.

“I’ve found, in my experience, playing on an all-native team, where the referee may have [the] mindset, ‘I have to watch these players a little extra careful, ‘ because we have black outfits, long hair, maybe a few missing teeth, from pucks not punches, and then the other players look at our team and they go, ‘Oh, I much better carry my stick a little high. ‘”

Marks said there’s no reason for violence against a referee, but hockey needs to overcome the stereotypes and culture clashes that can lead to problems.

“There’s a culture clash that goes on here, ” he said. “It’s depending on stereotypes. We don’t know each other well enough. ”

Marks said First Countries people have a role to play in changing those stereotypes.

“You’ve got to create remedies like aboriginal representation on a board of Hockey Manitoba, ” he said.

“You need to have league meetings, parents conferences, workshops, where native moms and dads and white parents appear and get to know each other. ”

RCMP and Hockey Manitoba are still investigating the fight.


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Some of the young Lake Manitoba hockey players swept up in a brawl on the glaciers during a game last weekend break said they were being taken care of unfairly.

Some of the young Lake Manitoba hockey players caught up in a brawl on the ice during a sport last weekend said these were being treated unfairly.

Colby Choken, one of the Eagles players from Lake Manitoba that faced off at a championship game against the Stonewall Blues on Weekend, blamed the referee.

“I don’t know learn how to put this, ” this individual said. “The ref was being one-sided in the game. There was two teams, and the ref was acting as if there was 1. ”

Darrel Swan, coach of the Lake Manitoba team, also said his players were becoming treated differently.

“Lets bring up NHL hockey, ” he said. “There is poor calls on it on one side. But , this game in Stonewall, it had been one-sided call. From the start of the game when the puck was dropped. ”

There are allegations one of the players shot a puck on the ref. But Lake Manitoba Very first Nation Chief Barry Swan told CBC News after the game that didn’t happen.

Swan said officials lost control of the match and were calling too many penalties against the Silver eagles for most of the game.

Winnipeg author Don Marks said it’s possible one team was being taken care of differently.

Marks’ book, They call Myself Chief: Warriors on the Snow, looks at the experiences of First Nations athletes that have overcome obstacles to play within the NHL.

“I’ve found, in my experience, playing with an all-native team, where the referee may have [the] attitude, ‘I have to watch these players a little extra careful, ‘ because we have black uniforms, long hair, perhaps a few missing teeth, through pucks not punches, and after that the other players look at all of us and they go, ‘Oh, I actually better carry my stay a little high. ‘”

Marks said there is excuse for violence towards a referee, but hockey does need to overcome the stereotypes and culture clashes that can lead to problems.

“There’s a culture clash that goes on right here, ” he said. “It’s based on stereotypes. We how to start each other well enough. ”

Marks said Very first Nations people have a role to play in changing those stereotypes.

“You’ve have got to make remedies like elementary representation on a board of Hockey Manitoba, ” this individual said.

“You have to have league meetings, moms and dads meetings, workshops, where indigenous parents and white moms and dads come out and get to know each other. ”

RCMP and Hockey Manitoba continue to be investigating the fight.