Spectators Charged After Fight At Alberta Youth Hockey Game

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A second man has been charged after an attack on a referee and a coach at a recent youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge, Alta.

Police say a 36-year-old man they had been seeking turned himself in Sunday evening, hours after the on-ice scrap at the three-on-three tournament.

Todd William Cross Child, a 36-year-old Lethbridge resident, is facing two counts of assault and has been released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 9.  

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Robert Farrell Creighton, a 55-year-old resident of Standoff, Alta., was previously charged with assault and will appear in court the same day.

Police have previously said a player got into a verbal spat with a referee, which escalated to the youth striking the official twice with his stick and the ref pushing the player to the ice.

A group of coaches and a relative of the player then walked onto the ice, where a coach from the opposing team was allegedly shoved down and the ref was punched multiple times by the relative and a second man before the fight ended.

The annual Quest for the Cup tournament involved players between the ages of seven and 12 and was organized by the Lethbridge-based skills development business High Performance Hockey.

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