AP Hockey Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press that former NHL enforcer Andrew Peters has been cleared to resume coaching his youth hockey team in Buffalo following his involvement in an on-ice brawl last month.
A video showed Peters shoving to the ice a player on the team from Hamilton, Ontario.
The people said Peters completed a one-game suspension issued by the New York State Amateur Hockey Association. One of the people said the Buffalo Junior Sabres have lifted the indefinite suspension Peters was issued after the brawl involving his Under-15 team that took place on Feb. 25 .
The people spoke to The AP on Saturday on the condition of anonymity because the state association does not publicly reveal disciplinary decisions, and the Junior Sabres have not commented on Peters’ status.
A video of the fight posted on YouTube show Peters reaching across the Sabres’ bench and shoving to the player. The player fell backward, but wasn’t injured.
Police investigated Peters’ role in the brawl. District Attorney John Flynn ruled he wouldn’t take legal action because the parents of the Hamilton player declined to pursue criminal charges.
Peters was known for his physical style in the NHL, playing five of his six seasons with the Sabres.
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