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Manitoba junior hockey team cross-checked by apparent case of food poisoning

DAUPHIN, Man. - Officials are deciding if a junior hockey series should be postponed because one team was hit hard with an apparent case of food poisoning.

Seventeen players from the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League got sick following a double overtime win against the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan junior league.

After the game in La Ronge on Saturday, the Manitoba team had a post-game meal at a hotel before hitting the road for an 11-hour bus ride home.

Head coach Marlin Murray says the players were throwing up and had diarrhea so badly, the team had to stop in Prince Albert so two of them could be treated in hospital for dehydration.

Another player and the father of a player went to Dauphin hospital once the team got back Sunday night.

Murray says he and a couple of other coaches were sick as well on the 800-kilometre trip home.

"You're chilled, really bad cramps in the stomach, vomiting, diarrhea. You can't keep anything down," he said.

The Anavet Cup is awarded to the winner of a best-of-seven series pitting the top teams from the Manitoba and Saskatchewan junior hockey leagues.

The series between the Kings and the Ice Wolves is tied 1-1. The next game was supposed to be played Tuesday. (CKDM)


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