Ex-NHL Brawler, Now a Coach, Allegedly Hits Teen in Game

Andrew Peters suspended after video makes the rounds
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Ex-NHL Brawler, Now a Youth Coach, Suspended After Fight
A file photo of Andrew Peters, late in his career, with the New Jersey Devils. He mostly played for the Buffalo Sabres.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

When he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Andrew Peters had one clear role: that of a tough-guy enforcer who was quick to fight. Now he's retired as a player and coaching teens—and in hot water over a hockey brawl. Peters has been suspended as head coach of the Junior Sabres after a video emerged that appears to show him punching or shoving a player from the opposing team during a melee, reports the Buffalo News. The video isn't crystal clear, however, and the AP reports that Peters has told team officials that he slipped while trying to get the player away from the bench. The teen fell to the ice, though he got up immediately. It could get worse for the 36-year-old Peters: Buffalo police are investigating.

"We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the (15-and-under) Buffalo Junior Sabres game on Saturday," said Buffalo Junior Sabres President Kevyn Adams in a statement. Peters, he added, will remain on suspension until the matter is resolved. During his radio show Monday morning—it's called The Instigators—Peters said he could not discuss the altercation, but added that he didn't do a good job of communicating to his team that fighting in youth sports is "unacceptable," per WKBW. In six NHL seasons, the winger had only 7 points but 650 penalty minutes—though he once told the Buffalo News that while he disliked fighting, he viewed it as a "necessary evil" to keep his job. (Read more hockey stories.)

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