Youth Hockey Coach Attacks Referee | Athletic Business

Youth Hockey Coach Attacks Referee

A youth hockey game at The Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Mass., was plunged into disarray after a coach allegedly attacked one of the referees.

A video of the incident shows the coach of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs punching a referee during a game between the Monarchs and the Springfield Junior Pics. The Monarchs coach, who has been released, was reportedly upset about a call.

“They had some words and the coach spit on the ref,” Springfield team manager Nicholas Chartier told WHDH. “So the ref shoved him. And then he went after the ref.”

Parents were outraged by the fight.

“This is not normal,” said parent Jay Morano. “We’ve played in multiple countries, multiple states…normally most adults and coaches that we see are very passionate, but they try to influence positively…this is something we’ve never experienced before.”

“You can’t have this in front of 11-year-olds, it’s a shame. It’s a disgrace to the sport,” Chartier said. “I think our coach handled it well. He told our kids in the locker room you don’t ever act that way. Just to try and put it behind them and move on.”

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