Urbandale, Iowa police are investigating an assault involving Fargo Force defenseman Neal Goff and his grandfather that took place Saturday after a game against the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Goff, 18, and his 79-year-old grandfather from Roseville, Minn., were assaulted outside Buccaneer Arena following the Force’s 5-3 win. The police report lists the incident as a serious assault, and according to police records, no arrests have yet been made in connection with the altercation.
Force spokeswoman Whitney Baumgartner and Buccaneers spokesman Scott Montesanto directed all questions towards the league office.
When asked, USHL spokesman Brian Werger acknowledged the incident also involved three players from the Des Moines Buccaneers.
“Obviously, an incident happened and the thing from our standpoint is we just don’t know all the facts yet,” Werger said. “We’ve heard various allegations and different stories but nothing has been confirmed and we will still have an investigation to complete. Part of this is in the hands of the authorities, too, and we are cooperating with them.”
According to the league’s site, Goff played in Friday’s game against Des Moines but sat out Saturday where he was in the stands with his grandfather.
Goff is in his first season with the Force, after he spent last season playing hockey in Stillwater (MN-HS) where he was drafted by the USHL team last spring.
He has played 28 games with the Force this season.
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