Originally created 11/15/02

Coach, player suspended for junior-league brawls



LONGUEUIL, Quebec -- The coach and a player from a team involved in a brawl-filled junior hockey league game were suspended by the league Thursday.

A total of 23 players were ejected during Halifax's 9-2 victory over Baie-Comeau on Wednesday night. At one point in the third period, all 12 players on the ice, including the goalies, were going at it.

Baie-Comeau's Louis-Philippe Martin was suspended for five games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and coach Richard Martel was suspended for two games. The team also was fined $1,000.

Martin's suspension was automatic, since he left the penalty box to join the fighting.

Halifax said the Baie-Comeau players started taking cheap shots, but Martel played down the severity of the brawls, saying his team "played with frustration, that's all."