October 24th, 2020

Referee assault case adjourned

By Kalinowski, Tim on December 26, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

One of two men charged after a referee was attacked at a youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge in September has had his case adjourned until Jan. 20.

Lawyers for Todd William Cross Child requested the case be adjourned until the new year while they continue to await disclosure from the Crown. Cross Child was not present in Lethbridge provincial court on Monday, nor was his co-accused, Robert Farrell Creighton.

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.

-With files from Delon Shurtz

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