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Crying foul at the Pepsi Center

  The hockey skills session at the Amherst Pepsi Center is so popular with young players that it frequently fills up, and those arriving late can not buy a ticket to get on the ice. The scene becomes a hockey free-for-all, with groups of players staging small pick-up games, and others skating around and shooting pucks at the boards.

   It was amid this free-wheeling atmosphere that a Lockport father felt he and his son were being harassed by a 10-year-old player shooting pucks close by. After he reportedly pulled the shooter of the ice by his collar, he was charged by police.

Now people are coming down on both sides of the encounter: Was this a case of a father overreacting, or was the boy shooting the puck way out of line?

  --   Grove Potter


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