Police investigating off-ice altercation at Vernon RCMP hockey tournament
Police are investigating an off-ice altercation between two officers in the annual Jean Minguy RCMP Memorial Hockey Tournament in Vernon.
The altercation took place Friday night during a tournament social at a hospitality suite set up at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge Hotel.
“I will confirm the altercation and it is being investigated,” said Vernon RCMP spokeperson Gord Molendyk. “As there is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to say anything further about it.”
Molendyk would not say where the officers were from, but did allow that no local officers were involved.
He would not say what led to the incident or whether the members are still on-duty because of the ongoing investigation.
Nine teams, including the host Vernon detachment, were taking part in the four-day tournament, which saw North Vancouver beat Delta – the only municipal force taking part in the event – in the championship game.
The Vernon squad won the consolation side of the tournament, named in memory of the popular Vernon officer who drowned while on-duty in 2005.
While the tournament brings together a high calibre of competition – Molendyk said the championship game was on par with Junior A hockey – the main reason behind it is friendship and sportsmanship.
There is no fighting allowed in the tournament. Any on-ice scraps results in immediate expulsion from the event.
If a player receives more than three penalties in one game, the player is kicked out of that contest.
Molendyk said there were no on-ice incidents during the tournament.