UPDATE (2:52 p.m.): Horseheads Police say they have concluded their investigation and have turned the case over to the District Attorney, who will determine what charges are appropriate.
UPDATE: (11:13 p.m.): The male victim is now listed in stable condition at Robert Packer Hospital.
A man is in critical condition after an incident early Monday morning that involved members of the Elmira Enforcers hockey team, according to the Horseheads Police Department.
The Horseheads Police Department responded to a report of a fight in the area of Hanover Square on Dec. 17. An injured person was transported to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries, and was brought to the ICU. Police said some of the parties involved in the incident are members of the Elmira Enforcers Hockey Team.
“Being in the ICU does not mean the injuries are so serious,” Alan Charlap, the attorney for the Elmira Enforcers, said. “They are brought in, they go to the ICU first.”
WETM reached out to the victims father who said his 30 year old son arrived in the emergency room unresponsive. He said he was brought to the ICU where his son continues to recover.
Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols said they are fully cooperating with authorities. “All of the office staff and team members are fully cooperating, and we’re waiting to find out the facts of the investigation,” said Nichols.
The Enforcers started their first season this October, which brought hockey back to the Southern Tier after the Elmira Jackals folded in 2017.
“One incident, without any verification, which is being investigated, and all of the sudden, they’re thugs they’re hooligans that don’t belong here,” Charlap said.