UPDATE: Former Spitfire Among Those Suspended From University Brawl
A Tecumseh-native has been suspended following an ugly brawl during a university hockey game.
In all, 15 players and both head coaches have been suspended by the body that oversees university sports in Atlantic Canada.
Members of the Acadia Axemen and St. FX X-Men fought during a game Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Tecumseh's Sam Studnicka, a former Windsor Spitfire who now plays for the X-Men, says he was the target of a comment before the brawl.
He later issued a statement saying sexual assault is a very serious issue and there is simply no place for shaming sexual assault survivors.
Atlantic University Sport Executive Director Phil Currie speaking at a news conference, February 6, 2019 (Photo courtesy of CTV)
Studnicka and eight of his teammates along with six Acadia players were handed automatic suspensions ranging in length from two to five games.
More sanctions are possible as the investigation continues.
Atlantic University Sport Executive Director Phil Currie has also filed official complaints on five athletes and three coaches involved in Saturday's incident after reviewing video evidence.
"We do know a comment was made," he says. When a reporter at a news conference asked what the comment was, Currie said "in the comment the word rapist was used, so to a victim of sexual assault obviously that has a tremendous amount of impact and we don't take that comment lightly at all."
Currie admits the person making the comment was a first year student who may not have understood what it related to.
— With files from AM800's Kristylee Varley & Rusty Thomson