Acadia Axemen player takes responsibility for brawl

A member of a Nova Scotia university hockey team has taken responsibility for making comments that led to a bench-clearing brawl last weekend.

Acadia University's Rodney Southam admitted to making a comment about sexual assault to an opposing player during a physical confrontation when playing against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men on Saturday night.

Southam claims in a statement issued late Thursday night to have been unaware that Sam Studnicka,  the target of his comment, has a sexual assault survivor in his family.

A brawl broke out between hockey players from Acadia University and St. Francis Xavier University, in Wolfville, N.S., on Saturday, Feb. 2.

"Immediately after my comments to Sam, I realized something more was happening because of the reaction from the team and surrounding coaches," said Southam.

"I take full responsibility for saying something I should never have said."

The brawl led to five Axemen players, eight X-Men and both head coaches being ejected. Video of the fight went viral.

Sam Studnicka is the brother of Niagara Icedogs player, Jack Studnicka.