KMHA Responds To House League Incident, Suspensions Delivered
The Kent Minor Hockey Association is committed to develop and encourage sportsmanship, community spirit and good fellowship among all participants to the betterment of their physical, mental and social well-being.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has mandated all hockey organizations develop a Harassment and Abuse Policy which provides that all individuals involved in our sport are treated with respect and dignity. Our policy sets out the types of behaviour that shall be considered offensive and provides a mechanism for receiving complaints and dealing with these issues.
The Chatham Kent Sports Network reported an incident which occurred on February 21 during an Atom House League game at the Memorial Arena where coaches and parents clash. This incident has been investigated by our Harassment and Abuse Coordinator as well as several Executive Board members.
At total of 10 statements from parents, coaches and trainers were obtained regarding this alleged violation. The investigation resulted in a number of game suspensions for the coaching staff involved from both the teams.
On behalf of the Kent Minor Hockey Association I apologize for this unfortunate behavior. The persons involved in this incident have a combined 15 years of dedicated service to our organization and most volunteer with several other sporting groups in our community.
This incident and the subsequent investigation once again gives us the opportunity to reflect on what really is important. Our children.
Kent Minor Hockey Association