After a rash of nasty incidents involved overzealous parents and coaches in the U.S., Vancouver, Canada is experiencing simliar problems. Yesterday, a youth hockey coach allegedly tripped a player from the opposing team during the post game handshake.
Coach Martin Tremblay of the UBC Hornets is being held by Canadian authorities while further investigation commences. The child’s wrist was broken in the incident, while Tremblay claims the whole thing was an unfortunate accident, and that he tripped.
The incident took place on the University of British Columbia campus where Tremblay’s team, the Hornets had just beat the opposing team 5-4.
Although it could be some time before the incident fully examined, the impromptu outlash has clearly cast a chill over the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Arena, which was hosting the game between the two teams.
“The coach was arrested. Charges will be forwarded at a later date, pending the results of the investigation.” RCMP Sergeant Paulina Gidda told the Canadian Press. “It was an incident that was unfortunate, and it doesn’t bring a great light to our community.”