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Coyotes coach ordered to stay away from recreation facilities

Posted February 24, 2014

The Alliston Coyotes head coach, Joe Murphy, was ordered last week by the Nottawasaga OPP to stay away from the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre (NTRC) while they investigate an alleged incident involving a minor that was reported to have taken place last Thursday afternoon.

(UPDATED FROM ORIGINAL POST): The OPP told Free Press Online this afternoon in an email that, the tresspass order "is due to an incident involving a minor but the cause is due to mental illness so that's why it wasn't publicized."

There have been no charges laid, and at this point, these are unproven allegations whose details have not been provided, or confirmed. However, the "Tresspass Order" has been extended to all municipal recreation facilities in New Tecumseth by directive of Ray Osmond, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture.

In a notice dated Feb. 21, to "All Parks, Recreation, and Culture Staff" Mr. Osmond notes that Mr. Murphy's issues with the OPP are linked to an afternoon incident reported on Thurs., Feb. 20.

"Effective immediately if any staff person observes Mr. Joseph Murphy in any Town Recreation facility you are not to approach him, but immediately alert the OPP that he is present in your location. The OPP will respond to your call and take the necessary course of action," according to Mr. Osmond's notice. "This incident reminds all of us of the importance of being vigilant and the paramount importance of communication within all facilities amongst staff. In the days ahead we will be working with the OPP to evaluate all of our facilities to ensure that the security of all visitors, users and the general public is of the highest possible standard."

Mr. Murphy, 46, was a first overall draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1986. He was later traded to Edmonton where he won a Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1990. He went on to play 779 regular season NHL games, scored 233 goals and 295 assists. He also played in 120 playoff games. He retired as a Washington Capital in 2000-01.

The Alliston Coyotes are owned by Russian interests, who also own and operate the Shelburne Red Wings. They play in the "outlaw" Jr A Greater Metro Hockey League, Alliston in its inaugural season. Mr. Murphy is their head coach, though he has been removed from the bench pending the investigation, The Coyotes are currently leading their first playoff series over Orangeville, and can clinch with a road win this afternoon.

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