Friday, January 16, 2009

Hockey player charged with battery

Hutchinson allegedly clobbered coed player with stick

Express Staff Writer

A 52-year-old Ketchum woman has been issued a misdemeanor battery citation for allegedly clobbering another player with a hockey stick during a coed, no-contact hockey game last week in Sun Valley.

Sun Valley police identified the woman as Georgia Hutchinson. Assistant Police Chief Mike Crawford said the incident occurred the evening of Friday, Jan. 9, at the Sun Valley indoor hockey rink.

"She broke her hockey stick over another hockey player's leg," Crawford said. "Normally we wouldn't pursue something like this in a hockey game, but this was a coed, no-contact league. Our officer spoke to a lot of witnesses and they basically said this was way beyond hockey.

"She became angry, I guess, because she thought a player had tried to hit her with the puck."

The alleged victim was a man, who Crawford said had fallen and was lying on the ice when he was struck.

"He was wearing pads and has a pretty good bruise so it was a pretty good hit, and it broke her stick," Crawford said.

He said an investigation was started after police were contacted by the man at the end of the game.

Hutchinson wasn't arrested but was instead issued a citation on Monday ordering her to answer to the charge on Feb. 2 in Blaine County Magistrate Court.

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