Back in Nov. 2012, a Vancouver, British Columbia pee wee hockey coach, Martin Tremblay, 48, was taking his team across the ice for the post-game ritual where both teams shake hands and practice good sportsmanship. And that’s when the coach purposefully tripped a young player from the opposing team, which sent two of those kids, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, tumbling down onto the ice.
Yesterday, according to The Huffington Post , a judge in Vancouver sentenced Martin Tremblay to 15 days behind bars.
Tremblay, pictured above, had pleaded guilty to one count of assault back in November. Last month, Tremblay’s lawyer put forth the proposition of a suspended sentence or perhaps a fine; but the judge overseeing the case had other ideas.
As a result of Tremblay’s unsportsmanlike conduct in tripping that child, the 13-year-old hockey player that went down hurt his wrist enough to warrant a cast.
“The tripping of the boys was akin to a cowardly sucker punch on an unsuspecting victim,” said Judge Patrick Chen.
"(The sentence is) a signal to other parents heavily involved in the sporting activities of their children that they must be seen as models of good and acceptable behaviour and not as instigators of violence and of riotous behaviour."
The judge went on to say that "society will not tolerate the assault of children by adults."
The now ex-coach is not expected to appeal the judge’s decision.
You can see the coach tripping the kids on the video accompanying this article.
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