Atlantic University Sport suspends 15 players, both head coaches after wild hockey brawl

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The head coaches of two university hockey teams and 15 of their players have been suspended for their involvement in an ugly hockey brawl that spread from the ice to both squad’s benches.Atlantic University Sport announced the suspensions Wednesday, days after members of the Acadia Axemen and St. FX X-Men got into a fight during a game in Wolfville, N.S., on Saturday that was captured on video and circulated widely online.Story continues below

Six Acadia players and nine from the X-Men were handed automatic suspensions that ranged in length from two to five games, totalling 39 games.The suspensions also apply to the two head coaches and are effective immediately.READ MORE: Hockey teams involved in brawl had ‘agreement’ about on-ice comments two seasons ago: league“This whole situation is extremely disappointing,” AUS executive director Phil Currie said in the statement. “These are institutions of higher learning and as university sport administrators, violence at our events is unacceptable. There is no place for fighting in university sport – be it in hockey, basketball, volleyball or any other sport.”Currie has also filed official complaints on five athletes and three coaches involved in Saturday’s incident after reviewing video evidence.That means they will be subject to a secondary review process, which will involve the AUS sport chair “gathering additional evidence and speaking directly with players, officials and coaches involved to determine where more severe sanctions are warranted.”It will also look into allegations the fight may have been sparked by a derogatory comment related to a sexual assault survivor that was made to an X-Men player.WATCH: Hockey brawl erupted after player shamed sex assault victim

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