Police, parents and coaches of two peewee hockey teams in Winnipeg are all boggled how an on-ice scuffle, in presence of a referee, can result in a broken arm for one player. The inquisitive incident took place on Sunday, during the final minutes of a game between teams from the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation and the Sagkeeng First Nation as part of the Southeast Winter Tribal Days hockey tournament.
Witnesses explain that the scuffle started around the Sagkeeng net, where a referee quickly approaches and pulls the kids apart after a Brokenhead player skated in front of the Sagkeeng bench and taunted players. One of the players, 12-year-old Kainen Bell, slashed the Brokenhead player in front of the bench and the two began fighting. Soon after that, a referee apparently grabbed Kainen from behind and took him down to the ice, falling on top of him. Bell claims that “it just went black for like 3, 4, 5 seconds… like 4 or 5 seconds.”