Hockey player and father arrested for alleged assault on referee

P.E.I. hockey player pleads guilty to assault on referee

RCMP in Queens District say they arrested a hockey player and his father following an alleged assault on a referee.

"The fact that it happened in a hockey rink, it would be no different if it happened anywhere else. So, we just treat it as a criminal investigation," said Sgt. Leanne Butler.

The incident happened Sunday night at the Pownal Sports Centre in Pownal, P.E.I., during the Midget AA finals minor hockey game.

Police said the player, 18, and his father, 41, will be charged with one count of assault each. They are scheduled to appear in court on April 26.

The referee sustained minor injuries.

Police said they are continuing their investigation.

"This type of investigation, where it happened in a public place, has a lot of witnesses. We are interviewing witnesses now, taking statements. We've been reviewing video that we have of the incident," said Butler.

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