A city couple who are banned from attending their son's hockey games for three-plus years has filed an appeal with Hockey Manitoba.
Hockey Winnipeg issued the suspension -- the longest in its history -- for their involvement in an altercation during a tournament in Fargo, N.D., in February.
After their eight-year-old son had played for the River East Royals (White) in a game against the Selkirk Steelers, the mother forced her way into the Selkirk dressing room to admonish the coach for the way her son, who has a medical condition, had been treated.
Her husband followed and got into a physical confrontation with the coach in front of the kids.
Hockey Manitoba will set a date to hear the parents' appeal within a few weeks, executive director Peter Woods said Wednesday.
"It could be made shorter or it could be made longer, although I doubt that," he said. "If the parents aren't satisfied there, they can go to Hockey Canada."
Officially, the couple cannot attend and any rink where their son is participating in Hockey Winnipeg-sanctioned activities.
Previously, the longest suspension for a parent was one year.
"I've never seen anything like this," Hockey Winnipeg president Don McIntosh said. "First, there were eight-year-old children stuck in a dressing room with no way out that were subject to this against their will.
"The husband took a swing at the coach and all hell broke loose, which was way beyond anything that was appropriate... And we got corroborative evidence from a team from Fargo that was at the tournament."
The unidentified mother said, to CBC, "I don't apologize for wanting to advocate for my son, but I did it in the wrong way."