Police Respond to Cabin John Ice Rink for Reported Fight at High School Hockey Game

Authorities say no one was arrested, no injuries reported



A teen fight broke out Tuesday evening during a high school hockey game, bringing police to the Cabin John Ice Rink in the Rockville area, according to authorities.

Six officers with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Police Department responded to a call about kids brawling and damaging property at the rink, said Lt. Nicole Adams, a Park Police spokeswoman.

A short video clip circulating on the website Barstoolsports shows a chaotic scene in the stands at the game, with several youths throwing punches.

No injuries were reported, and police didn’t make any arrests, Adams said. Officers didn’t find any damaged property at the ice rink, which is owned by the parks system.

The club hockey matchup was between students from Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase high schools. The teams are not affiliated with the schools, but are part of the Montgomery Hockey Conference, a group that coordinates competition between school-based teams.

Mark Butler, a member of the conference's executive board, said that the incident involved spectators and that he and other club members are still gathering information about what took place.

"In the meantime, I just wanted to emphasize that this was a really disappointing incident for those of us involved in supporting and playing in the Montgomery Hockey Conference. We fully embrace USA Hockey's code of conduct which emphasizes mutual respect for all involved," Butler wrote in an email. "The incident among the fans clearly wasn't in keeping with the spirit of that code."

Butler said conference members will work with those involved to prevent future incidents. 

A sports blog on Wednesday published cellphone video of a hockey game fight and reported that it was from the Rockville game. The B-CC team account retweeted the viral video and wrote that players “would like to thank our fans for coming out and supporting us!” The tweet was later deleted.

The Walter Johnson team won by a score of 4-1, according to the conference website.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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