A youth hockey referee is facing breach-of-peace charges after he allegedly physically escorted a player of the ice.
It all went down at Champions Ice Rink in Cromwell during a game of 13 and 14-year-olds. One of the players was given a match penalty and booted from the game. This is where accounts begin to differ. It seems the ref went to physically escort the player off the ice because said player was being difficult and didn’t want to leave. There are also witnesses who said that the booted player shot a puck at the refs’s head prior to the ref escorting him off the ice.
Once the ref allegedly got “physical” some parents in the stands lost their minds and were trying to get on the ice according to eyewitness accounts. At that point all the players were taken to the locker room and the police were called. No one was injured and so far the complete story has yet to be told. It hasn’t eve been reported where the teams were from. Which is why I turn to the comments section for insight!
Most comments I have read are siding with the ref, mostly based on the fact that the ejected player shot a puck at the ref’s head. Others say if it “was their kid” the ref would have beaten senseless. It is nice to see the comments mirror real life.
Now, I can understand a ref grabbing a kid by the arm and skating them off the ice if they have been ejected and refuse to leave. I can understand it even more if that kid just launched a lump of vulcanized rubber at your head. Unless this ref body-slammed this kid out of the rink I have a hard time siding with the loony parents. I am sure some out there will be all “But, but, but… He’s just a child!” Then raise your damn kids to respect the ref and get off the ice. Don’t raise a shitty kid and then decide to climb over the glass when said shitty kid does something shitty. And certainly don’t defend their shitty actions.
Of course, we still don’t have the whole story but judging on the given info I would guess it went down as follows.
-Kid is shitty
-Kid gets booted
-Kid gets mad and shoots puck at ref’s head
-Kid still won’t leave, ref escorts him off ice. By the arm perhaps.
-Parents go nuts because SPORTS!!!
The ref was arrested and charged with breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after posting $5,000 bond. No word yet on the ejected player of the idiot parents.
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