After news broke yesterday of drunken behavior combined with violence and racial slurs, the Minnesota Junior Hockey League is taking action. What that action will be is yet to be seen.
In a conversation with MnJHL Commissioner Mike Staloch, the MnJHL position is one of fact finding now.
“We are not sweeping this under the rug. The league will take appropriate action once we have all the facts,” Staloch said.
In a conversation with Minnesota Owls Owner Cindy Kuznia, it was made clear that Travis Kuznia — the owner’s son — has been “terminated” from the head coach position with the team. In that same conversation, Kuznia did confirm all of the information concerning the drunken behavior and alcohol consumption of the night in question.
Kuznia also stated that she “was not there” so she could not confirm the fight, or the use of racial slurs.
TJHN has spoken to eyewitnesses who not only confirm the fight and use of racial slurs but that the fight was instigated by Travis Kuznia, and that the slurs did, come from Kuznia.
While the MnJHL investigates, the Owls did play again last night with a roster that is not full, losing 6 to 1 to the Hudson Crusaders.
The Minnesota Owls are based in Isanti, Minn. and compete in the Minnesota Division of the MnJHL while the Royales compete in the Central Division. The two teams are not set to play during the regular season, but the Owls will face off against the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers of Ironwood, Mich.
Editor’s Note: This article is syndicated with permission from The Junior Hockey News. The last paragraph was added by Marquette Social Scene staff for the local audience. The original article and other MnJHL news can be found HERE.