Hockey coach sentenced to jail for tripping a child

Published On February 27, 2013 | By Kimberly Petalas

Hockey can be a dangerous sport. Players get pushed into the boards, hit with sticks, and sometimes there is even a fist fight. In pee-wee hockey, kids don’t worry about these injuries as much, nor should they ever expect a coach from the opposing team to hurt them after the game is finished.

But a coach did attempt to hurt a pee-wee player in Vancouver, and he was been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a player during the handshake after the game.

Martin Tremblay intentionally tripped an opposing player while the teams were shaking hands after a game, causing a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old to fall on the ice. The trip was recorded on video and was all over the internet.

The 48-year-old coach pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November.

Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen gave Tremblay the jail time, saying that the time Tremblay served in the community just wasn’t enough.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.