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