Parents upset about brawl at Portland Pirates School Day hockey game

Posted March 24, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.
Last modified March 24, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The superintendent of the school district in Maine’s largest city says an on-ice brawl at the Portland Pirates’ annual School Day hockey game has officials wondering if they should send children to the game next year.

Portland Superintendent Jim Morse says officials will decide whether a hockey game is a good place for primary-school children.

More than 3,600 students from 20 schools were at the American Hockey League game between the Pirates and the Worcester Sharks.

Four players were ejected.

Parent Catherine Anderson says she and her 6-year-old son were horrified by what they witnessed.

Pirate owner Brian Petrovek told the Portland Press Herald people shouldn’t focus on the fight. He says hockey is an aggressive game, but he did say the altercation “went beyond a normal fight.”

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