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Prince Rupert hockey referee hanging up whistle to avoid abuse


In Saskatoon, minor hockey games are being cancelled as referees quit to avoid the abuse hurled at them by fans. However, bad behavior in the stands is not limited to Saskatchewan. Prince Ruperts's Patrick Witwicki has been officiating games for over 20 years, and he says he's been in plenty of bad situations. He recalls one game where he and the other game officials had to lock themselves in the locker room to avoid physical confrontation, and weren't able to go home until they received an RCMP escort. Witwicki is now quitting, and says that unless things change he doesn't expect there to be enough referees on amateur ice rinks. Daybreak's George Baker shares the story.

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