More information is coming out about the carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Montmartre Saturday.
SaskEnergy suspects the source of the carbon monoxide, which sent upwards of fifteen players aged nine and ten to the hospital in Weyburn, and potentially more to other urgent care facilities in the region was fumes from the ice cleaning machine in use at the area.
Casey McLeod, a spokesperson for SaskEnergy, explained the technician sent out after receiving a call from the Montmartre Fire Department determined there were no leaks causing the high levels. Instead, vents, normally left open, were closed due to the extreme cold, which resulted in the build-up of the gas.
The carbon monoxide was detected at the ice surface, as well as at the lobby.
A number of the players began showing symptoms during games, and tournament organizers cancelled the final game of the tournament when one of the Weyburn teams participating had a number of players fall ill.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has stated they are unable to confirm how many players were seen in the hospital and is unable to confirm the severity of the symptoms.
There were two teams from Weyburn, as well as Montmartre and Kipling at the tournament.