Following the complete pandemonium that was what can only be considered a complete brawl between the StFX X-Men Hockey team and the Acadia Axemen earlier this week, 15 players total have been handed suspensions, totaling 39 games.
More disciplinary actions are expected to be dealt following a secondary investigation completed by Atlantic University Sport (AUS). The current suspensions are automatic and based on the established rules, therefore any following suspensions will be based on involvement in any extenuating circumstances.
AUS executive director Phil Currie is quoted in saying that “One of the reasons we don’t have fighting in university sport is an attempt to change the culture in the hockey world”. This is a noble cause sought by the AUS and Currie, as fighting and violence in sport, hockey especially, is often an accepted part of the game. In fact, violence in hockey is usually valued and rewarded as part of game strategy in many levels of play.
Due to the national popularity of hockey in Canada, this situation and resulting consequences will naturally serve as a lightning rod for scrutiny and criticism by many. However, it should be noted that this story also be used as a lightning rod for conversation and research about the sources of violence in sport.
Featured Image: The aftermath of the altercation between StFX and Acadia.