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Fathers Banned From Hockey Games

January 30, 2002

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ A police officer and another father have been banned from youth ice hockey games after a weekend brawl involving 30 parents.

Aurora police Lt. Michael Thode, 48, and Daniel Madden, 40, are prohibited from watching games for the rest of the season, which could last until March.

Thode, Madden and Diane and David Harper were cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an alleged shoving match during a Jan. 27 Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League Game.

Angelo Ricci, director of the Arapahoe County hockey program, said he will decide next week whether to ban the Harpers.

The Harpers say their son, Matt, was slashed so hard by Madden’s son that Cory Madden’s stick broke, leading to the fight among parents during the game between teams of 15- to 17-year-old boys, investigators said.

Matt Harper was sidelined for the rest of the year. Cory Madden was suspended until next season.

Thode, whose son plays on Cory Madden’s team, did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

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