Dads of opposing teams battle in Shaler-Latrobe hockey game – CBS Pittsburgh


By: Royce Jones and Briana Smith of KDKA-TV/KDKA-TV

HARMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — Police say charges are pending after a fight between relatives and a Shaler hockey player in the stands.

The fight broke out after Shaler lost to Latrobe on Thursday at the Alpha Ice Complex in Harmar. The hockey player involved is suspended until further notice, the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League said.

According to the incident report, it started as a fight between two fathers with sons from the opposite team. Police say when they arrived at the ice complex, they spoke to Sean Myers, who told officers a player from the opposing team was playing dirty and throwing punches on the ice, so he took it upon himself to fetch that player when the game ended.

According to police, the player’s mother overheard him talking about her son and confronted Myers. They started arguing and police say that’s when her husband, Richard Thom, got involved.

There are two versions of what happens next. Myers told police that Thom charged him and put him in a headache while Thom said the only reason he put Myers in a headache was because he was pushed from behind and thought Myers was coming towards him.

During the altercation, police say Team Shaler player Thom’s son ran into the stands and joined the fight.

Police returned to the rink the next day and reviewed the manager’s surveillance video. In that video, police say Thom’s wife could be seen yelling at Myers and pointing fingers at him. Police said Thom could be seen walking towards Myers but was being held back by his wife. Then, according to police, the video showed Thom walking past his wife and rushing at Myers.

Apparently Thom’s son then ran into the stands, threw a punch and was dragged away by someone in the crowd.

Officers said Myers had a cut to his face and Thom had cuts and scrapes to his knees.

PIHL and the Shaler Area School District are investigating the altercation.

The Shaler Area School District Superintendent released a statement:

“Our administration has been fully informed of the incident that occurred during this recent hockey game. The Shaler Area School District represents a commitment to the highest level of sportsmanship for athletes, coaches and spectators at all district events. We are in the midst of a thorough investigation, working with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, to ensure disciplinary action is taken for those involved in this altercation. We also encourage all families and viewers to consider the responsible use of videos and images relating to minors.

Once the investigation is complete, they will have a hearing to handle any punishment. A date has not yet been set.

The PIHL commissioner said he could beef up the security presence at the rink in the coming weeks as the Penguins Cup playoffs are set to begin on March 7.

The PIHL issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying it was aware of the incident.

“PIHL is currently investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior that occurred in the stands involving spectators and players. PIHL is in contact with school officials, coaching staff, players, referees, game officials and members of the hockey community to determine the facts related to the incident and will meet to assess the type of justified disciplinary action. Providing a safe environment for our member organizations and players to participate in Interscholastic Hockey will be our primary focus. No action by spectators or players that compromises or infringes the ability of our players to participate in interscholastic hockey in a safe environment will be tolerated. »


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