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Two Native girls charged with assault for hockey game brawl

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More on: crime, hockey, manitoba, racism, youth

The logo for the Lake Manitoba First Nation Eagles. Photo from Facebook

Two Native girls have been charged with assault for their role in a fight at a hockey game in Manitoba.

The two girls played for the Eagles from the Lake Manitoba First Nation. A 14-year-old allegedly shot a puck towards referees and a 13-year-old allegedly hit two referees with a hockey stick.

The incident sparked a brawl among players from both teams and among parents in the stands, CBC News reported. The girls have been banned from play until 2015.

Geoffrey Edwards, a coach for the team, previously told CTV News that the girls may have been acting out of frustration. He accused of the referees of racism.

"They (referees) were making racial remarks, swearing at them. You don't swear at children. You don't push children," Edwards told CTV News after the incident on March 30.

Get the Story:
2 teen girls charged for assaulting Manitoba hockey refs (CBC News 7/23)
Teen girls charged with assault after allegedly attacking refs on ice (CBS Sports 7/23)
Lake Manitoba hockey players speak out about weekend brawl (CBC 4/3)
Player takes slap shot at referees as minor hockey game turns violent (CTV 4/1)

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