Mom outraged after son allegedly tripped by hockey coach
Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:41AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:51PM EDT
The mother of a young hockey player allegedly tripped by an opposing team’s coach says he should be banned from coaching any children’s sports.
“It was a disgusting game at the end,” said Elizabeth, the mother of one of two Richmond Steel minor hockey players who were allegedly tripped by UBC Hornets coach Martin Tremblay.
The tripping followed the gold-medal match of the University of British Columbia spring hockey league, where the Hornets beat the Richmond Steel 5-4. The incident was caught on camera and uploaded online. It has since gone viral.
The video shows Tremblay shaking the goalie’s hand and then skipping the rest of the players, before apparently sticking his foot out in front of the 13-year-old Steel player who is second-last in line.
Tremblay said the tripping was an accident, but parents called police.
After the players fell, the video shows a Hornets player throwing a water bottle at the glass. It also shows Tremblay pointing his middle finger at the glass.
While Elizabeth’s son Michael, 12, wasn’t injured, the other 13-year-old player suffered a broken wrist.
Elizabeth told CTV British Columbia that Tremblay should be fined for his behaviour.
“He picked the wrong career.”
However, one parent says the video doesn't tell the whole story.
According to Ashley Page, the game was surprisingly heated for an informal spring league. She says the boy who was tripped targeted Tremblay with obscene words and gestures.
The coach instantly regretted the incident, Page says.
Coaches face this kind of pressure every day, says coaching expert Aaron Wilbur, but they need to keep some perspective.
“What coaches have to remember is that it's about the kids at that age level, and they're setting the example,” Wilbur says.
The RCMP said they are interviewing parents and coaches from both teams and that charges against Tremblay are pending.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, we’re looking at charges of assault, and possibly assault causing bodily harm, depending on the injuries and where our investigation take us,” said Sgt. Paulena Gidda.
Dion DeMarco of the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association said Tremblay won’t be coaching for the league anytime soon.
“I know our president for the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association has suspended him and they’re going to have an emergency meeting over it,” he said. “The guy kind of snapped and it was totally unacceptable.”
Criminal Lawyer Michael Shapray told CTV British Columbia this incident differs from other criminal law cases that are typically seen in hockey.
“A lot of cases are issues of whether or not the people participating have consented to the activity. So how far can you go with body checking or fighting or whatever else happens during the game,” he said. “This incident didn’t happen during the game. This incident happened after the game during the traditional handshake.”
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Shannon Paterson and Penny Daflos, and CTV News Vancoouver’s Jon Woodward.