Edmonton

Ukrainian group says members attacked by Russian-speaking men after Edmonton NHL game

Police in Edmonton say they are investigating an alleged altercation between Ukrainian and Russian supporters.

Police say no one was arrested

Fans wave Ukrainian flags during Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday March 9, 2022. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press)

Police in Edmonton say they are investigating an alleged altercation between Ukrainian and Russian supporters.

They say the alleged dispute happened as people were leaving Rogers Place arena after the Edmonton Oilers victory over the Washington Capitals last Wednesday.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past and was booed whenever he touched the puck during the game.

Police said in an email that officers defused the situation and no one was arrested at the time.

A news release from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Alberta alleged some of its community members were assaulted by a group of Russian-speaking men outside the arena that night.

The congress said it wants police to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi also tweeted about the alleged altercation, saying the alleged attack was "completely unacceptable."

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