Andrew Peters is proof that hockey enforcers never lose their ability to fight.
Peters, 6-4, 240 pounds, who played in 2029 games in 2003-2010 with the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils with four career goals and 650 penalty minutes, was suspended indefinitely as a coach of a youth hockey team, pending a Buffalo police investigation into his role in an on-ice brawl.
Buffalo Junior Sabres president Kevyn Adams announced the suspension Sunday, a day after a melee occurred during a game between the 15-and-under team coached by Peters and the Ontariobased Hamilton Junior Bulldogs.
A video posted on YouTube shows the fight escalating into the Sabres’ bench, when Peters becomes involved in attempting to separate the players. At one point, the 36-year-old appears to shove a Hamilton player backward onto the ice.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Peters told Junior Sabres officials that he slipped while attempting to get one of the Hamilton players away from Buffalo’s bench. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conversation was to remain private.
Buffalo police were called to the downtown arena to investigate the brawl, but no charges were filed. The investigation continues, police spokesman Michael DeGeroge wrote in an email.
Peters still works for the Sabres and co-hosts a daily radio/TV show titled “The Enforcers.”