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GUELPH, Ont. -- Six hockey players and two coaches were suspended following a brawl between two teams of eight-year-olds in Guelph last week that has stunned police.

Three players each from the Duffield Devils and Niagara Falls Thunder novice triple-A teams, and their respective coaches, were ejected from the Guelph Power Play Tournament on Friday after a brawl during a game.

"These are eight-year-olds," said Staff Sgt. Neal Young of Guelph Police.

"How ridiculous is that?"

Guelph Police are reviewing videotape of the incident and criminal charges might be laid, Young said.

Police were called to the arena shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. A small fight had broken out between players on the ice and both coaches sent more players from the bench to join in the fracas, Young said.

A member of the Niagara Falls coaching staff approached the Duffield bench and allegedly spit in the face of a Duffield coach, he said.

Police seized video footage from parents who were recording the game and will review it.

Power Play tournament chairman Jeff Hiller was hesitant to discuss the incident.

"We're not commenting on it at this time," he said Saturday.

"There is an ongoing investigation."

While several players and their coaches were suspended, organizers did not feel it was appropriate to eject the teams from the tournament, Hiller said.

The rest of the Duffield team continued in the tournament, with team president Frank Carbone stepping in as coach.

The Niagara Falls team voluntarily withdrew from the tournament and went home early, he said.

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