Canberra Brave Chairman Peter Chamberlain has stood down from his role until further notice after sparking a melee during an Australian Ice Hockey League match in Sydney over the weekend.
Chamberlain allegedly poured his drink on the head of the home bench in the closing stages of Canberra’s game against the Sydney Bears at Macquarie Ice Arena.
It is believed that Chamberlain became involved in an argument with the Bears’ bench before he poured his drink on them from where he was standing above the bench.
The footage below shows Chamberlain (in a black jumper) exchanging words with the home bench before a man in a pink shirt throws a bin at him and shoves him to the ground before the melee ensued.
(Warning: Foul language)
Posted by Adam Nads Van Bael on Saturday, 12 May 2018
In a statement released on Tuesday (15 May), Chamberlain offered a formal apology to both the Sydney Bears and the AIHL for his role in the altercation.
The Brave board met yesterday to discuss the issue and unanimously agreed to a series of measures that “send a strong message about our determination to effectively confront the circumstances leading to the escalation of tensions on Saturday night.”
Chamberlain apologised for his “embarrassing” actions.
“I would like to apologise to the players, staff and fans of the Sydney Bears, the AIHL and the CBR Brave for my part in the altercation at Saturday’s game,” he said.
“Emotions from both sides became heightened in the final seconds of an otherwise fantastic game and I let mine get the better of me, retaliating to what I thought was inappropriate but conceding in hindsight, that in doing so, I only made matters worse.
“I am fully aware that interacting with the players’ bench during a game is unacceptable behaviour.
“As Chairman of the CBR BRAVE, I am responsible for setting the standards of culture and behaviour at our club and I am not proud of the role I played in this embarrassing incident.”
Chamberlain said he had called the President of the Sydney Bears to apologise as well as the Commissioner of the league.
He also said his actions were not representative of the aspirations of the clubs and were at odds with the professional standards it was seeking to uphold.
“The CBR BRAVE has worked hard to establish a family-friendly environment at our club before, during and after games and functions,” he said.
“While the game is highly charged and I wear my heart on my sleeve, I will do everything in my power to restore the confidence of those I have let down.
“I have spoken with my co-directors and it has been agreed that I will step aside as Chairman of the CBR BRAVE until further notice.
“The Directors of the CBR BRAVE will also commit to working with the AIHL and seek further advice and assistance to instigate certain measures at our home and away games to try as best as humanly possible to ensure there is never a repeat of this by anyone in any way shape or form.”
Co-Directors Warren Apps and Jamie Wilson will assume more significant leadership roles effective immediately, while Chris Kubara will formally join the Board of the club.