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Young hockey players watch parents brawl in stands at Okanagan hockey tournament

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April 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

OSOYOOS - RCMP say alcohol fuelled an all-out brawl between parents watching their 10-year-old kids play in a hockey tournament — all while the kids watched from the ice.

A release from Const. Jason Bayda says police were called to the Sun Bowl Arena April 2 to deal with a large fight between a number of Okanagan parents and parents from a Langley team. Numerous injuries were reported including one woman who got a broken nose.

"Investigation has revealed the parents were all staying at a local resort and had been consuming liquor throughout the day and prior to attending to the arena," Bayda says. "So much so the resort had to call in extra security. Accusations from both sides suggested both sides were yelling insults at one another prior to the fight breaking out, however alcohol is believed to have played a large factor in the very poor choices made by these parents."

The New Western Bruins and B.C. Interior Stars — players from Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland and Penticton — were on the ice at the time.

"It is unfortunate that these young children had to witness their parents act in such an immature way."

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