Nathan Kotylak banned for role in riot

Updated: September 27, 2011, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

OTTAWA -- A Canadian water polo player has been banned from the national team for two years for his role in the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.

Nathan Kotylak was suspended by Water Polo Canada's discipline panel. He is barred from representing Canada on any national team until June 2013 and cannot receive any Sport Canada funding for two years.

The 18-year-old apologized in June after social media sites posted pictures showing a teen stuffing a rag into the gas tank of a police car during the post-Stanley Cup riot on June 15.

The panel called Kotylak's "very serious" in its written decision Monday night. The ruling followed a full-day hearing last Friday in Vancouver.


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