UPDATE: Elmira Police release more information regarding incident at First Arena
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Elmira Police Department has released more information regarding the incident that happened at Sunday's Enforcers game.
According to police, around 5:00 in the evening, officers were called to the First Arena for a report of a disturbance involving game officials and management for the Enforcers.
Upon arrival, police say they were met by an unruly crowd complaining of “inconsistent performance” by referees.
Once the crowd was dispersed, officers say they were directed to a locker room, where they interviewed referees and team management, who were involved in a rink-side dispute.
Following the interviews, EPD officers obtained statements from some of the parties involved. Police also say no one was hurt or injured nor were any injuries reported.
Due to the incident, Federal Hockey League Officials suspended play and the game was canceled.
Additionally, EPD says after further conversation with those involved, the matter “is closed upon their request and requires nothing more at this time”.
Though he was not named in the police report, in an email, FHL Referee In-Chief Eugene Binda said Enforcers Owner Robbie Nichols was involved in the altercation. Additionally, he said one referee had been pushed and the other had his shirt torn. Citing the incident, Binda pulled referees from all scheduled FHL games.