Hockey dad banned from son’s games after outburst
Published Friday, February 15, 2013 8:17PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 15, 2013 8:55PM EST
A Winnipeg father who was videotaped in a heated exchange with another parent has been banned from attending his son's hockey games.
The footage was recorded Monday night by fellow parent Dan LeBlanc during a minor hockey game at a local community centre.
The video, which shows the father, Jason Boyd, shouting at opposing players and their parents, went viral.
In the video, Boyd, who was holding a baby, is seen snarling, “Don't touch me, I'll cave your glasses in” at another parent.
The incident occurred a few minutes into the game after one player was hit.
"One of the other team’s parents started blurting out derogatory terms towards one of the kids on the ice,” according to LeBlanc.
“It’s a repetitive thing with this individual, and I just felt it was inappropriate and unacceptable,” LeBlanc said, explaining why he recorded the incident.
LeBlanc can be heard in the video telling the irate Boyd, “I got it all on camera, pal.”
By the end of the week, members of the Lord Selkirk Minor Hockey Association voted to suspend Boyd from all hockey arenas for the rest of the season.
In a statement released Friday, Boyd expressed his desire to "sincerely apologize" for his "unacceptable behaviour" during the game.
"I cannot and will not try to justify or excuse my actions. I had a significant lapse in judgment and for that I am truly sorry," Boyd said.
According to hockey officials, what happened at the Southdale Community Centre unfortunately happens everywhere.
“That whole area of respect for the game needs to be looked at,” Don McIntosh of Hockey Winnipeg said.
The organisation said it is mulling a new policy that would require parents to take an online course.
“We need to educate participants in the game, parents, coaches, others, respect towards players, respect towards the referees respect towards the coaches,” McIntosh said.
Hockey Alberta has made the one-hour course mandatory.
Sport Manitoba believes the course could be beneficial for its province’s parents.
"It also empowers parents who see other people's behaviour that might not be quite right, and it makes them accountable to do something about it," said Janet McMahon of Sport Manitoba.
LeBlanc believes the course is a good idea.
“It’s not us that's on the ice anymore, this is for our kids, and our kids are there to have fun,” he said
Parents may be logging on to complete the course as early as next season.
With files from The Canadian Press
With a report from CTV Winnipeg’s Ina Sidhu