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Youth hockey coach arrested for tripping teen post-game

Cameron Smith | Prep Rally, Yahoo!7 June 28, 2012, 11:54 am

It's an incident that seems as un-Canadian as anything imaginable: A youth hockey coach in British Columbia has been arrested after being accused of tripping a 13-year-old opponent in a handshake line after the teen had helped defeat the alleged perpetrator's squad.

As reported in more detail by the Canadian Press, the unnamed coach in his 40s stands accused of intentionally tripping the 13-year-old star of his squad's opponent on Saturday. The incident followed a game played between 10-12-year-old squads from Vancouver and Richmond, another city in British Columbia. It is believed that the teen who was tripped was allowed to play in the 10-12 year-old league because he may have been 12 when the season began.

Now, the coach connected with the trip is facing unspecified charges related to the incident, with eyewitness testimony being taken in an effort to determine whether the coach's trip truly was intentional.

If it was, the coach in question clearly has larger issues to work through. The dangerous on-ice reaction led to an injury for the victim, who used both of his wrists to break his fall and suffered minor injuries in the process.

While it may be some time before the incident fully unravels, the impromptu outlash has clearly cast a pall 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."

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  1. richardok01:23pm Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Don't you just hate adults that take kid's sport too seriously. Must have been some reason for it but no excuse. One hell of a professional foul though.

  2. Anthony06:43pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I would say and its only my observation that if it was an accident - shouldnt he have said sorry and helped pick him up? watch how he apologises -

  3. Tanner06:33pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Getting arrested for that is insane....it's ice hockey....the game where they fight for most of the time anyway. Obviously something had happened or was said during the game..... get a life you tossers who think it was 'offensive'...good grief you see worse than that in any shopping centre in Australia any day of the week...usually agaist some old folk!

  4. Ln06:31pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    post a pic of his face

  5. Jason06:22pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    what a loser

  6. d06:04pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done to the coach. its cheats like this little punk who destroy sports for other kids. it is CLEAR that he is over 12 and WAY bigger than the other kids. Those running the comp should have not allowed this over sized kid to play with little ones

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  7. Santo05:34pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good example of sportsmanship for a coach to show to his team. A bully and a buffoon.

  8. Sandra05:31pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    you have got to be kidding me if that was unintentional, that coach needs to be fired if that is what he thinks is good sportmanship.

  9. Brian04:36pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Isn't it ironic that it's always the adult who is the dirty sport.

  10. ba04:08pm Thursday 28th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hahahaah! That is one very little man