Hockey Coach Arrested For Tripping Child On Ice

    June 28, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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In the world of competitive sports, sometimes tempers get heated; it’s understandable–especially in the game of hockey, which is well known for attracting hot-heads. It’s part of the game, but when players keep themselves in check it’s not a big deal. It’s when things get physical that they become ugly, and that’s what happened when a minor league youth coach purposely tripped a 13-year old opponent of his team.

It happened in Vancouver, where two teams of kids were playing a game on the ice. Afterward, the teams lined up to do that “good game” handshake they do, and as Martin Tremblay–coach for the UBC Hornets, who won the game–approached two players from Richmond Steel, he kicked his leg out and tripped them up. They both fell, but one of the boys absorbed the impact on his wrists when he hit the ice and sustained some injuries. It’s unfortunate that we can’t hear what Tremblay is saying on the video, but he can be seen pointing at the boys after they get up and start to skate away.

The incident has caused a huge backlash against Tremblay and the game’s officials, especially since the child in question may have a broken wrist. Tremblay was arrested immediately after the incident and is facing criminal charges if the wrist is indeed broken. But some are wondering exactly what will happen to Tremblay if he doesn’t receive a reprimand, and parents are questioning whether he should be allowed back on the ice after such an outrageous display of unsportsmanlike conduct.

“It was an incident that was unfortunate,” arresting officer Sergeant Paulena Gidda said, “and it doesn’t bring a great light to our community.”

Lucie McNeil is the director of public affairs for UBC and said an internal investigation is currently underway of the incident.

“It’s really disturbing and of concern when something like this happens anywhere,” she said. “Our staff works hard to provide a safe environment for recreational sports to happen.”

  • Derek

    I am an Alpha Male, I was always extremely nice but competitive as a youth. What I fear is when my son, (now only 2) goes to play sports and an adults put their hands on him in any sort of negative manner, they will lose teeth, and most likely end up in ICU. I would gladly take the arrest as long as the person to touch my son has life long reminders all over his disgusting face. Had that been my son at that game, I would have taken a hockey stick from my son and beat that couch until he wasn’t moving. This kind of stuff gets me heated, coaches you better beware someone like me is NOT around when you decide to pull this sort of ****!

  • Jim

    I agree Derek. This guy would have got his ass whooped in the parking lot by me if that was my kid. It’s exact;y what a moron like this needs. Let him feel some pain , a taste of his own medicine. What worries me more than anything is if this coach thinks he can get away with this in public, what is he doing behind closed doors? What’s he doing to his own kids? Scary thinking about it. Tremblay should be gone forever for this stupid act. Never to coach again.

  • Mike

    While there is no excuse for this behavior and the coach should be removed from the game for at least a year, if not permanently, I am intested to hear what comes from the investigation….what led to this completely inappropriate reaction. I do believe it was a reaction to something else that occurred prior. Did something happen on the ice? Having coached this age group, I know that, at times, there is a lack of sportmanship on the part of the players in the handshake line.

    • Derek

      Mike – It doesn’t matter what the kid did, spit, trip, swear, at another player OR a coach. Now whatever the kid did maybe he needs some sort of penalty but an adult touching another mans kid with negative intentions there is not an excuse. I’m a well liked positive guy, However my son is the greatest thing in the world to me… harming him in anyway would ignite a rage in myself that I don’t think i’d be able to control.. a kid is a kid and YES some of them are terrible little punks but as adults we have to laugh at their little kid games and show them how to be men. Seriously… I’m afraid this happens to my son in ANY form…. most likely I will face murder charges. You do not TOUCH a child FOR ANY REASON UNLESS: your trying to save their life, or help them avoid harm. PERIOD.

  • enc

    KICK THIS COACHES ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then he should be made to pay for
    this kid the rest of his life. Never be allowed to coach ANY sport ever. There is NO EXCUSE for this coaches action. NONE!!! I hope that
    the father was able to get a hold of him before the cops got there. I would have. He would have a different look on life if that was my son.

  • Carl

    Deriec is right, Mike. There is absolutely NOTHING that excuses him in any way. Throw the book at him.

  • Trish

    Whatever happened between the kids and coaches on the ice during the game, adults are held to a higher standard and teachers and coaches and priests, to an even higher one. This coach had time to “plan” this assualt which means he had time to count to ten, or a thousand. To premeditate such a thing is unthinkable but the video speaks for itself. The parents should take this coach to the courts and sue. And they will win. No one wins when someone takes the law into his own hands, but I do understand wanting to thrash this fellow for injuring a child. What a shame! What a bad example this coach is to children!