Police investigate after Ukrainian fan assaulted after Oilers' game

Published March 14, 2022 at 5:16 PM

Edmonton police are investigating an incident that occurred outside of the Edmonton Oilers game last Wednesday. The Oilers were home and hosted the Washington Capitals, with the arrival of Alex Ovechkin was also the arrival of many Ukrainian protestors.

After that game things alleged to have escalated outside of the arena as a group of Russian speaking fans apparently assaulted a group of Ukrainian fans. The following details have been made available CTV Edmonton:

According to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC), fans displaying Ukrainian flags were assaulted by men outside Rogers Place on March 9.

"A group of men, who spoke and yelled in Russian," the UCC-APC says, "began to assault them (Ukrainian community members), throwing punches, kicks, and grabbing by the neck."

Cheryl Voordenhout, Edmonton Police Service spokesperson, confirmed officers responded to the altercation after the Edmonton Oilers game outside the arena.

"Police who were working extra duty for the hockey game were on scene and restored order," Voordenhout said in a statement to CTV News Edmonton.

No one was arrested at the time, Voordenhout added. The incident remains under investigation.

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