More heart-warming youth hockey stuff…


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  1. January 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    EDMONTON — A minor-league hockey player was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated assault for spearing a fellow teenager who was hospitalized for 17 days required emergency surgery to remove part of his bowel.

    The injured player, Austin Hoekstra, said outside court that he hopes the decision sends a message that such behaviour in hockey is not acceptable.

    Hoekstra was 16 when his Maple Leaf Athletic Club team faced off against the Leduc Oil Kings on Jan. 12, 2010 in a midget AA game.

    During the trial, Hoekstra testified that another player had tried to pick a fight with him but he brushed off the challenge and skated away.

    A few seconds after the play had stopped, the player skated up to him and stuck out his stick, spearing him in the abdomen with the butt-end, Hoekstra told court.

    In his decision, Youth Court Judge Geoffrey Ho said he was convinced the other player intentionally struck Hoekstra with the butt-end of his stick in the abdomen, committing an assault.

    He also noted Hoekstra’s injuries, which included a bruised pancreas and a perforated bowel. Several centimetres of his bowel had to be removed during surgery.

    The other player was 17 at the time and cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    A sentencing date is set for March.

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