CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Western New York Amateur Hockey League (WNY AHL) is now telling coaches and Club Presidents that the 18u MOHL playoffs are being canceled for this weekend.
The action follows a complaint by Dr. Darren Brown-Hall, Ed.D about the way his son, Roshaun, was treated during a youth hockey game on January 20th in the Northtown Center at Amherst. During the January 20th game against the Cheektowaga Warriors, Roshaun was called a "monkey" and taunted with monkey-like sounds, said his father.
Roshaun, 17, is member of the Amherst Knights MOHL 18u hockey team and like many of his teammates, he will be graduating high school this year likely marking the end of his competitive hockey career. His father believes this to be one of the main reasons the league put-off his complaint.
“What it looks like to me is that they were stalling, knowing that most of the players on the teams are seniors. So after this weekends playoffs they’re not playing anymore, the season’s over," said Brown-Hall. “Canceling the games is truly unfair to all the players, who played all season long and they want to play in the playoff games.”
Dr. Brown-Hall filed a complaint and was told in early February that the WNY Amateur Hockey League was sending the matter to "a higher governance" with the NYS Amatuer Hockey Association (NYSAHA).
Now nearly two months later, Dr. Brown-Hall said no disciplinary action has been taken and the two teams were scheduled to face each other again during a playoff game this coming weekend.
However, that has now changed after Dr. Brown-Hall talked to 7 Eyewitness News and other media outlets about his concerns.
“I can’t believe it took place, I can’t believe it because it’s 2019," said Brown-Hall.
The WNY AHL notified teams "Due to an ongoing investigation by the West Section of NYSAHA, the results of which will not be determined this weekend, the 18u MOHL Playoffs are cancelled"Originating Story