Pee wee hockey coaches in Canada, beware, your shenanigans on the ice can now land you in jail.
According to news reports, Martin Tremblay, a Pee wee hockey coach in Vancouver, has received 15 days of jail time for his actions during a post game handshake. As you can see in the video below, Tremblay made his way through the handshake line without an issue, until the very end. Tremblay stuck out his foot as the last two players came by, causing the 10-year-old and 13-year-old boys to fall to the ice.
Tremblay pleaded guilty to assault charges last November, but was assigned community service as a punishment. However, the Richmond provincial court judge was not satisfied with the way Tremblay responded following his service.
Because of his poor response, Judge Patrick Chen sentenced Tremblay to 15 days in jail.
“Win or lose, this was just a game,” Chen said regarding the incident. “This was the last place anyone would have expected an assault to take place, and the very last place one would have expected an adult to assault a child.
According to some sources, Chen said that he believed a psychiatric assessment of Tremblay was unreliable. It was his belief that the coach has anger management issues which have lead to his legal problems.
“The tripping of the boys was akin to a cowardly sucker punch on an unsuspecting victim.” Chen added.
Fortunately, the two boys were not seriously injured. As we know, hockey players are pretty well protected on the ice. Despite that, there is no room for actions like that in a hockey game.
Check out the video of the incident below and leave us your thoughts in the comments.