P.E.I. hockey group warns players, coaches about 'aggressive' handshakes

CHARLOTTETOWN – A hockey association in P.E.I. is warning players and coaches to act appropriately when shaking hands with their opponents after receiving several complaints of aggressive behaviour on the ice.

Rob Newson of Hockey P.E.I. says the organization sent out a letter in January following three complaints concerning the way players were shaking hands after games.

Newson says inappropriate language was used in at least one case, while the others involved what he called aggressive taps of the players’ gloves.

He says the letter was sent to minor hockey presidents, and that the complaints came from team managers or coaches.

The incidents involved three different teams and players in both the midget and peewee divisions, the latter of which includes 11 and 12 year olds.

The letter comes after a coach in British Columbia was sentenced to 15 days in prison for tripping a 13-year-old player during the traditional post-game handshake.