Youth hockey coach jailed for tripping opponent

Cameron Smith | Prep Rally, Yahoo!7 February 28, 2013, 10:44 am

In July, Prep Rally brought you the disturbing story of Martin Tremblay, a youth hockey coach in British Columbia who was caught on video tripping a 13-year-old opposing player in a postgame handshake line. Making matters worse, the victim of the incident suffered injuries from his fall after he fractured his wrists while using them to break his fall.

At the time, Tremblay was arrested and issued charges for his actions. Now, some seven months later he has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for actions that have apparently also ruined his life.

As reported by the CBC and Associated Press, Tremblay was sentenced to 15 days in jail to be served out on intermittent weekends and 12 months of probation in relation to two counts of assault stemming from the incident. The judge’s ruling apparently surprised both Tremblay and his lawyer after the former coach pleaded guilty to the charges in November. At the time it was believed that guilty plea would likely keep the coach from serving time in prison.

As it turns out, the 15 day sentence was an even harsher penalty than the 30 days of house arrest which had been proposed by the Crown (that’s the state in Canada). In declaring his sentencing verdict, judge Patrick Chen said that Tremblay had abused the trust of the public in his position as coach and said the tripping action was akin to, “a cowardly sucker punch.”

Meanwhile, Tremblay’s lawyer, Robert Bellows, said that his client had suffered significant damage to both his life and livelihood since the incident. At the time the coach was apparently not taking his anti-depressant medication. Since then, he’s had much more to be upset about, with his construction business losing jobs because of his notoriety and his marriage apparently breaking down as a result as well.

“He’s rebuilding his life after this incident,” Bellows told the assembled press after Tremblay was sentenced. “It’s horrible. He put in years and years coaching hockey, he put in years and years as a scout master. And that all over … because of one incident when he was off his antidepressants for three weeks.”

Of course, when Tremblay tripped the teen, it essentially ended his summer hockey season because of the injuries it inflicted. That had already cost Tremblay his position as a youth hockey coach. Now it appears to have cost him much more.

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  1. Rolls Royce02:29pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    And what other physical abuse has inflicted on the kids in his charge over the years? 15 days jail is a slap on the wrists - he should never be allowed near kids ever again.

  2. Janice peta01:51pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a despicably horrible individual, he got caught on video, but how long has he been getting away with it, do the crime, do the time, i think he needs to be assessed psychologically

  3. mary01:46pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    good job!!!!

  4. Ken12:26pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Only 15 days in jail I would have thrown the book at him. He's an adult and falling back on his "oh he hasn't been taking his depression medication doesn't cut it. Supposedly well 'respected' he got what he deserves now he's saying his business is suffering and his marriage is breaking up me thinks his wife knew before hand that he was a low life.

  5. tjs12:11pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    how about the kid life maybe he lost confidence lost trust lost interest to play sport did they think about that

  6. TRIKING MODEL CARS12:07pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The coach trips up an opposing player...... My question is, what practices has the coach been teaching his team to do during the matches........................???

  7. Sonia12:02pm Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    what a poor excuse for a coach seriously someone who is apparently suffering some kind of "depression" and needs medication to keep him from going nuts should not be allowed around children .

  8. Glib11:46am Thursday 28th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What an absolute pryck. Anyone who hurts a child deserves all they get & more. Depression - big deal. Everyone gets depressed sometimes. There is never any excuse for hurting a child.

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