October 20th, 2020

Court dates set for men charged with attacking hockey ref


By Shurtz, Delon on November 15, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Two men charged after a referee was attacked at a youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge in September will be back in court later this month.

Robert Farrell Creighton is scheduled for a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court Nov. 25 on one count of assault, while Todd William Cross Child has a hearing set for Nov. 28 on two counts of assault.

Cross Child was court Thursday where his lawyer asked to get off the record. The accused hopes to have a new lawyer before his next court appearance later in the month.

The two men were charged in relation to a three-on-three tournament Sept. 15, during which, according to police, a player got into a verbal spat with a referee. The youth struck the official twice with his stick and the referee pushed the player to the ice.

A group of coaches and a relative of the player then walked onto the ice, where a coach from the opposing team was shoved down and the ref was punched multiple times by two men before the altercation ended.

The annual Quest for the Cup tournament involved players between the ages of seven and 12 years and was organized by the Lethbridge-based skills development business, High Performance Hockey.

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