High school hockey final overshadowed by student brawls
It was an ugly scene at Thompson Arena Thursday night after two fights broke out among students following the championship hockey game for the London District Catholic School Board.
There were two separate outbreaks in the stands including one following the game between St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Andre Bessette.
Video capture by CTV’s Brent Lale shows several students fighting with a large crowd watching. At times water bottles can be seen be thrown.
The dust-up also spread outside the arena and Western’s Campus Police were called along with at least two ambulances.
There has been no word on any injuries or the number of students involved.
Friday afternoon, the LDCSB issued the following statement about the incident.
The Board values very much the positive experience that is gained through friendly competition. Unfortunately, from time to time emotions take spectators in an inappropriate direction. We are gathering information and will follow the Board’s guidelines on progressive discipline as needed. We also wish to acknowledge the hard work and effort of all our student athletes and coaches. We will continue to build on the positive behavior of the overwhelming majority of our students.
The fights overshadowed the celebration for STA who went on to a 5-0 win to capture the title.