March 24, 2011

Hockey brawl seen by schoolkids
has some rethinking field trip

By Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

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Colin Stuart of the Portland Pirates, top, mixes it up with Sean Sullivan of the Worcester Sharks on Tuesday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

John Patriquin /Staff Photographer

"To them, Nick Crawford can do no harm," she said, adding that he waved to the students before the game.

Risa Johnson, who is raising her grandson and sends him to Portland's East End Community School, said she was "outraged" by the fighting.

Johnson said she used to work at the civic center during hockey games and originally decided that her grandson, a fifth-grader, would not go on the field trip.

But his teacher called to encourage her to send him to the game and said the school had been "guaranteed" a non-violent game by the Pirates, so she relented.

Johnson said she saw other students at her grandson's bus stop mimicking the hockey fight Wednesday morning, and then when she read about the brawl, she wished she had stuck with her original decision.

"I'm ashamed of these guys and what they did in front of these children," she said.

Other school officials said they didn't have any complaints or issues with the game, including the principals at Cathedral School in Portland and Sanford Junior High School.

Petrovek said the games are part of an effort "to be good corporate citizens," and noted it promoted the "5-2-1-0" program to get children to eat their fruits and vegetables, limit computer and television time, exercise and avoid sugared drinks.

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