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A couple is banned from their son's Hockey Winnipeg games and events, but they don't face criminal charges after an incident in the other team's dressing room last February.

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A couple is banned from their son's Hockey Winnipeg games and events, but they don't face criminal charges after an incident in the other team's dressing room last February.

The three-year suspension handed to a local couple by Hockey Winnipeg will need to be supervised by their son's future teams and minor hockey organizations.

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.

Don McIntosh, Hockey Winnipeg's president, said the coaches and minor hockey officials of organizations the boy will play for in the future will be expected to do their part to ensure the parents abide by the suspension.

"It will be difficult for sure. But I can't believe that any team would flaunt the direction of Hockey Winnipeg on the penalty and not bring it up," McIntosh said.

"It will be known to River East officials (or elsewhere in the city if they move) and they'll recognize the parents. Word will get around if they're in the rink."

He said its suspensions in the past have been observed without any problems.

"Where parents have been banned in the past for periods of time, they just don't show up. They know someone will notice that they're there, and they're not supposed to be there," McIntosh said.

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.

McIntosh said under the terms of the suspension, the couple is banned from any "rink activity" at any arena at which their son is participating in Hockey Winnipeg-sanctioned games, practices, playoffs, tournaments and any other related activity such as a league championship medal ceremony.

It's the stiffest punishment ever handed out by Hockey Winnipeg.

CJOB radio identified the suspended couple as Christine and Leon Belandiuk.

The mother was contacted Wednesday by the Free Press but declined comment.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 3, 2014 A4

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