If I told you that a fight broke out at a Canadian hockey game, you would probably chuckle: So what’s new? But if I told you it was a youth game and that the fight was between spectators and parents, now that might get your attention.
A video posted on YouTube captures exactly that from a game on March 23 in Southern Ontario. It centers on parents from Six Nation (one of Canada’s Native American tribes) having it out with parents from the town of Tweed. Here’s what it says:
On the video you see Six Nations parent calling on Tweed people for a fight, then you see group of Six Nations parents going over to do just that. You can hear the Six Nations man threatening me as he walks by me cuz I am videoing it and saying Tweed people are ‘Gonna fuckin get it’ when they come to their arena tomorrow. Tweed parent steps in to pull Six Nations person off Tweed teenager as he is pounding him and Tweed parent gets grabbed and punched from behind by Six Nations man. Then the last woman u see on the tape was another Six Nations woman …she tried to break my camera, snap the view lens off and also tried to take MY camera from me.
The video seems to focus on this woman:
That woman — presumably a parent — is seen gesturing to the stands and apparently egging on a confrontation. And while it’s unclear what exactly happened before the video that led to the beginning of the confrontation, the video’s description goes on to note that there was a fight on the ice before the spectators began to brawl.
And brawl they did.
While the “action” is slow to begin, eventually punches start flying and bodies falling — and the woman taking video gets more than she bargained for:
Here’s the video [CONTENT WARNING FOR LANGUAGE]:
According to the video poster, “Police were there and the Tweed parent who tried to break it up and was grabbed from behind and sucker punched in the face by Six Nations parent was asked to leave [the] arena.”
But the Canadian press notes there could be a little more to the story.
“What’s shown on YouTube is very one-sided,” Blaine LaForme president of the Six Nations Minor Hockey Association told local media (and seen in the red hat and toothpick at the beginning of the video). “The lady doing the filming fails to show the first five or 10 minutes of what escalated to our people going over.”
He said Tweed fans had been drinking in the parking lot before the game and had been harassing players and parents throughout the game.
The Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating.