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Hockey referee arrested after escorting teen player off ice

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A Connecticut youth hockey referee faces a breach-of-peace charge after he ejected a player from a game then physically escorted him from the ice, angering parents and players. Police were called to the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell on Saturday by onlookers worried the game for 13- and 14-year-olds was getting out of control. Police said the referee, Stephen Levins, 55, of Rocky Hill, called a match penalty and ejected the boy from the game. The referee then went near the team’s bench to physically escort the player off the ice, police said. Teammates and parents took offense to the physical contact and tried to confront the referee, authorities said. Levins also faces a charge of risking injury to a minor. He did not return a call seeking comment Sunday.

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