Vancouver rioter outed as elite athlete
Water polo organization suspends player during probe
Posted: Jun 17, 2011 4:40 PM PT
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2011 6:38 AM PT
A youth caught on video appearing to try to light a police car on fire in Vancouver on Wednesday night has been identified as an elite athlete who was headed to the University of Calgary on scholarship.
Nathan Kotylak, 17, was identified as being in the crowd of rioters who rampaged through Vancouver's downtown streets after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.
Water Polo Canada later announced it has suspended a high-level polo player over allegations he was involved in the riot.
Ahmed El-Awadi, executive director of Water Polo Canada, said in a news release that the player, who was not named, has contacted the organization through a lawyer to indicate he will co-operate fully with any disciplinary process.
The Grade 12 student from the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge attends a private school and plays water polo on Canada's junior national team.