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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hockey: Team releases 6 players after coach beating

Associated Press

JESENICE, Slovenia A Slovenian ice hockey team says six players who beat up their American coach after winning the league title have had their contracts terminated.

Mike Posma, a former AHL player who took over as coach last year, was beaten up by the players last weekend following Acroni Jesenice's celebrations for winning the title. The 42-year-old New Jersey native was not seriously injured.

Slovenian media say the six players were drunk, but the reasons why they turned against Posma are not known.

In a statement posted Thursday on its Web site, the club condemned the incident. Acroni also says it suspended contract talks with Posma, but didn't elaborate.

Posma has reportedly left Slovenia.