Players & Fans Fight During Junior Hockey Game In Canada

Author / Mark Breen
06 Mar ‘17
It's likely the event organisers were as taken aback by this incident as those in the stands were.

The incident

You can see what transpired in the video below when a Southern Sting player goes into the crowd.

The Southern Sting asked that people not get caught up in the actions of one player and a few fans in a statement on their Facebook page after the fight.

They went on to say:

What happened last night was not right but also nothing that the Southern Sting could have controlled.

One thing we will tell you is that we will have hired security besides the Police at all remaining games and they will be checking people in at the door.

I'm not entirely sure what 'checking people in at the door' means or will accomplish but they needed to say something and be seen to do something. 

The planning

I find myself wondering if those that planned and managed the game could have foreseen this happening. 

Is it likely to have featured in their events planning process?

SHOULD it have been considered?

You can't account for every single possibility in your Risk Assessment for your event but you should be looking to account for things that are reasonably foreseeable.

When considering what to address in the EMP, we ask ourselves questions like:

  • What incidents have happened at this event before?
  • What incidents have happened at similar events before?
  • What intelligence is there (if any) alerting us to a particular threat / potential issue?
  • Where does our Duty of Care lie?
  • Are there precedents set in this regard?
  • What can we realistically plan for?
  • What resources can we put in place?

There's a lot to it. We rely heavily on our experience and international best-practice.

The bottom line

We can't account for EVERY potential incident in our Emergency & Contingency Planning for an event. 

A smarter approach sees us being more strategic and putting a framework in place that we can apply to a multitude of incidents that will allow us to assess and respond effectively to each.