Fan could face charges for body slamming mascot

Marty the Marmot, the Victoria Royals' mascot. (victoriaroyals.com)

Marty the Marmot, the Victoria Royals' mascot. (victoriaroyals.com)

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, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

Victoria police are "likely" to charge a hockey fan after a Western Hockey League team's mascot was body slammed over the weekend.

Marty the Marmot, the Victoria Royals' mascot, was left wobbled after being picked up and thrust to the ice by a man participating in a musical chairs contest during the second intermission of a game on Saturday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Marty had taken a chair from underneath a male contestant and slid it to a female participant. That's when the man approached Marty and lifted him up.

"From what I've seen, I'd say charges are likely to be recommended," Victoria police spokesperson Const. Mike Russell told the Victoria Times. "Officers have talked to many witnesses. Certainly there's a fair few since there were a couple thousand people there."

The Royals released a short statement on their Facebook page Sunday: "We're pleased to report that Marty the Marmot is doing just fine."

The team added Marty will be back working Wednesday when the team hosts the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Victoria was facing the Red Deer Rebels at the time of the incident. The home team won the game 2-0.


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