Hockey is a great way for Canadian kids to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to win (or lose) with grace and dignity. Unfortunately, it can also be the catalyst for bad behaviour from the parents and coaches. In a recent Lethbridge kids' hockey tournament, that bad behaviour spilled onto the ice and resulted in violence. The Lethbridge hockey fight was captured on video from the stands.
In the video, shared by sportscaster Dean Millard, adults can be seen getting onto the ice and charging the ref before pulling him to the ground and punching him. According to Millard's tweets, the fight stemmed from the referee reacting physically to being slashed by a player. However, this part of the game was not captured on video.
According to another tweet from Millard, the situation even spilled out off of the rink and into the area where the Zamboni is kept. He also noted that there may have been an ambulance called to the scene, but it could not be confirmed. He also wrote that, according to his source, the men chasing the referee were coaches, not parents. However, this has not yet been confirmed.
Several Twitter users expressed disappointment at the actions of the adults, who they said should be trying to set a better example for the kids who are just there to play.
High Performance Hockey, the organization that runs the 3v3 tournament (called "Quest For The Cup"), put a statement out on their Facebook page.
"Actions like this have no place in our game," the statement read. "The Quest for the Cup tournament is an opportunity for players to enjoy the game of hockey with their friends. For that reason, we are especially disappointed to see an act like this occur."
The statement also indicated that the organization is cooperating with Lethbridge Police as they investigate the incident more thoroughly.
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