Arrest made in alleged off-ice assault of hockey linesman

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A man affiliated with a local hockey team has been charged in the alleged off-ice assault of a linesman.

York Regional Police say a 22-year-old man from Beeton has been charged with assaulted in connection with the alleged incident that took place at the Magna Centre in Newmarket on Dec. 22.

It’s alleged that a 21-year-old linesman was punched in the head between periods. He was sent to hospital for a fractured jaw, stitches and a concussion.

York Regional Police confirm that the person charged is affiliated with the TNT Tornados, but couldn’t say what position he held with the team.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association banned the team’s coaches after the allegations surfaced. The team is now being led by certified volunteers.

The coaching staff previously denied any knowledge or involvement in the alleged assault.

The TNT Tornados didn’t want to comment on the arrest.

CTV Barrie has reached out to the OMHA for comment, but so far our calls have gone unreturned.

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