Still fight­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.”

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