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Banned hockey parents' appeal delayed a month

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A couple banned from their son's Hockey Winnipeg games has appealed the ban, but their hearing has been delayed until May.

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A couple banned from their son's Hockey Winnipeg games has appealed the ban, but their hearing has been delayed until May.

An appeal hearing launched by Winnipeg hockey parents banned from watching their son play for the next three seasons won’t be held for at least a month.

Peter Woods, executive director of Hockey Manitoba, said today an appeal by Leon and Christine Belandiuk won’t be heard until the third week of May, due to scheduling conflicts.

Initially, the hearing in front of a three-person panel was slated for today.

Hockey Winnipeg penalized the husband and wife for their role in an altercation that occurred in the opposing team's dressing room following a tournament game on Feb. 8 in Fargo, N.D.

The game was between their eight-year-old son's River East Royals (White) team and the Selkirk Steelers.

The couple will state their case to Hockey Manitoba, as will Hockey Winnipeg, who handed down its harshest punishment ever to hockey parents.

The Hockey Winnipeg investigation found the woman barged into the opposing Selkirk team's dressing room and began yelling at the coach about how her son was treated in the game. The husband got into a physical altercation with the coach.

Hockey Winnipeg had statements from eyewitnesses who were with neither team, in addition to statements from those involved, detailing what took place.

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