UPDATE: Charges Dismissed Against Man Arrested At Hockey Game in Cromwell

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Stephen Levins. (Courtesy of Cromwell Police Department)

UPDATE  July 28, 2014  Charges against Stephen Levins were dismissed by the judge in the case according to Levins attorney Jim Bergenn.



CROMWELL — A raucous end to a championship hockey tournament game resulted in the arrest of a Rocky Hill man, police said late Saturday.

According to police, several 911 calls came from people inside the Champions Skating Center, 9 Progress Drive, at about 4 p.m. Police were told that players, parents and referees were involved in a “physical disturbance,” Cromwell police Det. Sgt. Kevin VanderSloot said in a press release.

According to VanderSloot, the incident started at the end of the hockey game being played by 13- and 14-year-old youths.

According to the press release, the referee had called a match penalty on a player, which means the player has to leave the rink. As the player made his way to his team bench, the referee went to the bench area and physically escorted the player off the ice.

Teammates and team parents “took offense” to the physical contact between the referee and the player, VanderSloot said. Parents tried to get onto the ice to go after the referee and concerned onlookers called 911 to report that the situation was getting out of hand, he said.

Police arrested and charged Stephen Levins, 55, of 35 Belden Lane, Rocky Hill, with breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor. Police confirmed Levins was a referee.

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  • Amazed

    Horrible facility. My son's team played there earlier this year. Someone accessed the locked locker room through an adjoining bathroom door during the game and stole 10 or so cell phones. Apparently it happens all the time we were told AFTER. How about a warning before?

    Bottom line: not a well managed facility, all around. Sketchy, criminal element hangs in the vicinity.

  • Stoolie

    Okay there seems to be some confusion on what actually happened here. The only thing that everybody agrees on is that the ref called a penalty and the kid didn’t willingly leave. Some articles saying he was mouthing off. Other articles are saying he shot a puck at the refs head. Whatever the case may be nobody in the history of hockey has ever been railroaded more than this ref. Clearly the kid was being obnoxious so the ref grabbed him and dragged him off the ice. I don’t care if he had him in a fucking headlock. If you’re 13 years old and the ref calls a penalty on you then you leave the ice. If you don’t then you deserve to get dragged off by your ears. Yet somehow the parents of this team got mad at the ref? Really? Way to set an example. This is everything that is wrong with America. No respect for authority and parents have nobody to blame but themselves. Everybody afraid to tell kids they fucked up. Nope let’s call 911 on the ref instead.

    • Dave P.

      Your dead on accurate. As a referee myself, I can tell you that it starts with the coaches. If the coaches are respectful, the parents and players follow his/her lead. If they coaches are constantly complaining, it escalates through the players and parents. Apparently, from many other parents, this particular East Haven Bantam B team was exactly that: coached by someone that is constantly abusing officials, and parents constantly following the coaches' lead. The kid was done with youth hockey and didn't care about the consequences. His parents should have been the ones arrested.