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No charges in Victoria Royals mascot attack

Marty the Marmot, the Victoria Royals team mascot, won
Marty the Marmot, the Victoria Royals team mascot, won't be pressing charges against a rogue fan after a Nov. 2 intermission game went terribly wrong.
— image credit: Sharon Tiffin/News staff

The Victoria Royals fan who body-slammed the team's mascot onto the ice during an intermission game last weekend won't be facing charges.

The anonymous employee underneath the Marty the Marmot costume has opted not to press assault charges against the fan from a Nov. 2 incident. The fan has since apologized for his behaviour.

"In consultation with VicPD (the Royals and the fan in question) have decided to move to a restorative justice model to resolve the situation," said Const. Mike Russell, Victoria police spokesman.

On The Victoria Royals Hockey Club Facebook page, the organization said the "over-exuberant fan" acknowledged his actions were inappropriate and said the fan is making a "significant donation" to the team's Movember Fund for prostate cancer awareness and treatment.

"In the end, we're happy Marty is OK, the young man has come forward and the Royals are ready to rock and roll and represent Victoria," Russell said.

The Royals next play at home Nov. 15 against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

EDIT: A previous version of this story contained inaccurate home game information.

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