11/06/2012 11:02 EST | Updated 01/06/2013 05:12 EST

Nanaimo Minor Hockey Player Suspended 7 Games For Hits

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A 14-year-old hockey player from Nanaimo has been handed a seven-game suspension for a series of body checks that injured three other Bantam league players.

The president of the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association says the player in question did not mean to injure his opponents. However, Jim Humphrey says players must be accountable for their actions.

"I'm hopeful that it sends a message to all hockey players and coaches that respect is part of the game and yes, we owe it to ourselves and to our sport to make the game as safe as possible for participants."

Nanaimo RCMP had also investigated a complaint about one of the hits that damaged a player's spleen. However, police decided not to recommend charges because the hit was not criminal in nature.