Cheektowaga Player, Assistant Hockey Coach Suspended for on-ice Racist Taunts

April 17, 2019

A still image from a YouTube video of an 18-and-under hockey game from Jan. 20 at the Northtown Center between the Cheektowaga Warriors and Amherst Youth Hockey. Roshaun Brown-Hall, left, and Amherst teammates speak with referees at the end of the game.
A still image from a YouTube video of an 18-and-under hockey game from Jan. 20 at the Northtown Center between the Cheektowaga Warriors and Amherst Youth Hockey. Roshaun Brown-Hall, left, and Amherst teammates speak with referees at the end of the game.

A 23-year-old assistant coach and a player from the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under youth hockey team have been suspended for a year by USA Hockey in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old black player was targeted with racist taunts.

The player and assistant coach will also be placed on a year of probation after their suspensions expire, according to a parent of the victimized player and the head coach of the Cheektowaga team.

Two players and the assistant coach had been suspended by the team in the wake of the Jan. 20 incident in the Northtown Center in which Roshaun Brown-Hall was called a “monkey” and at least one player on the Cheektowaga team made monkey sounds at him during a game. The episode, which was captured on a video posted on YouTube, garnered national attention in mid-March and led to a resignation of a local USA Hockey official.

The other player who had been suspended by the team faces no additional sanctions from USA Hockey.
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