No charges pending from Bantam hockey investigation

Nanaimo: Mounties not recommending charges against Bantam league hockey player.

Police are not recommending charges against a 14-year-old Bantam league hockey player from Nanaimo after RCMP investigators determined there was no criminal intent behind two separate on-ice incidents.

The investigation resulted from a Sept. 23 game between Bantam A teams from Nanaimo and Saanich at Frank Crane Arena.

Two allegations were made, involving a bodycheck and another alleging a Nanaimo player used his stick to spear a Saanich player during a second bodycheck.

The player from Saanich required medical treatment for serious internal injuries after the game.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said numerous witness accounts and a video of the event failed to identify any evidence of criminality.