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Winnipeg officials looking into fight among hockey parents in West Fargo

by Mike McFeely

The Winnipeg Free Press reports youth hockey officials are looking into the incident in West Fargo in which adults from two Winnipeg teams punched each other in front of 14 eight-year-old boys. 

KFGO News first reported the story . The incident occurred during a Mites tournament.

Here is the link to the entire Free Press article: Winnipeg hockey officials probe grown-up brawl at kids' tournament.

The incident may play a factor in establishing a sportsmanship program for youth hockey in Winnipeg. From the Free Press story:

Hockey Winnipeg executive director Monte Miller said Tuesday afternoon the organization is aware of the altercation.

Miller said information is still being gathered from the two local associations, and he hasn’t yet received a report from the West Fargo association.

"We’ll touch base with the (River East and Selkirk) presidents to see how we want to proceed," he said. "We have dealt with something of this kind of thing before, so there are different ways to handle it."

Hockey Winnipeg is contemplating a proposal to establish the Respect in Sport Parent Program, essentially an online tutorial designed to prevent parents from screaming at each other, the referees (most often minors themselves) or coaches.

When mandatory, at least one caregiver in the family must get a credit for taking the course before his or her son or daughter is allowed to play.

Hockey Winnipeg will announce at a press conference Wednesday morning whether or not it is rubber-stamping the program. 
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