Published DateGILFORD — Police Chief Kevin Keenan confirmed Monday that a number of the people arrested at an underage drinking party over the weekend were members of the Laconia Leafs Junior Hockey team.
He said the house at 128 Yasmin Drive was rented by two of the hockey team's players, Michael F. Hurlihy, 20, of Saco, Maine and Alexander Awuy, 19, of San Jose, Calif. They are both charged with one misdemeanor count of facilitating a house party.
Hurlihy is listed as the team's captain.
Police said between 40 and 50 people were in the house, but that everyone cooperated with police. Twenty-three minors were arrested for unlawful possession and intoxication and are due be be arraigned in 4th Circuit District Court in Laconia on March 7.
Det. Christopher Jacques said one tenant initially refused to let the police in but the second tenant did.
Keenan said there were some youths were under the age of 18 and they were released to a responsible adult. Keenan also said no one at the party appeared to be overly intoxicated.
Police that some marijuana and a large amount of alcohol was seized at the home.
The Leafs were practicing at the Laconia Ice Arena yesterday afternoon but when The Sun went there, a man who identified himself as a coach declined comment about the incident.
The Leafs are members of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, which provides typically provides a pathway for young players to transition from high school hockey to play at the college level. The current roster includes players from 13 different states and one from Austria.