Nova Scotia

Hockey Nova Scotia suspends Novice coach

A coach at the Novice level has been suspended indefinitely while Hockey Nova Scotia investigates an incident in which he urged a young player to "get" another player.
Hockey Nova Scotia executive director Darren Cossar has suspended a Novice hockey coach indefinitely. (CBC)

A coach at the Novice level has been suspended indefinitely while Hockey Nova Scotia investigates an incident in which he was heard urging a young player to "get" another player.

Cal Bussey, head coach of a Novice hockey team with the TASA minor hockey association, was suspended after a referee allegedly overheard him telling one of his players to go after a player on the Halifax team during a game Saturday.

The directive was apparently given in retaliation for something that happened earlier in the game.

The referee ejected Bussey and the player from the game after an incident on the ice.

Novice hockey players are aged seven and eight years old. Their games are supposed to be non-competitive — they don't even keep score.

Bussey was given an automatic four game suspension, but Hockey Nova Scotia has stepped in and suspended him indefinitely.

Darren Cossar, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia, said he's never seen an incident like this with this age group in his 40 years in hockey.

"I can say that in 40 years I've never seen a situation where a coach had to be removed from a Novice game," he said.

If the investigation confirms the referee's report, Cossar said that Bussey could face up to a lifetime suspension from coaching.

Bussey, who played for the Saint Mary's Huskies hockey team in 1989-90, refused to comment on the allegations.

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