Saturday 18 November 2017

Video: Canadian ice hockey coach arrested for tripping up 13-year-old

A CANADIAN ice hockey coach was arrested after allegedly tripping a 13-year-old player on the ice, leaving the teenager with a broken wrist.

Martin Tremblay, 40, joined his side on the rink as they shook hands with the opposing team after a youth game in Vancouver.

But as he worked his way down the line of youngsters Mr Tremblay appears to deliberately stick out his leg, sending two of the young players sprawling to the ice.

He then wheels around and points an aggressive finger at one of the players as they clamber up from the floor.

The incident was captured on camera by a spectator and quickly went viral on Youtube, sparking internet outrage around the world.

Police were called to the ice rink at the University of British Columbia and arrested Mr Tremblay, the coach of the Vancouver Hornets .

Prosecutors are reportedly still deciding whether to press charges but the coach has been suspended from the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association.

The tripped player is reported to have broken his wrist as he tried to break his fall but his team mate was not seriously injured.

Parents later told The Province that the injured Richmond Steel player had scored the first goal and skated provocatively past the Hornet's bench, leading to a verbal exchange with Mr Tremblay.

"Every time that kid was on the ice, you could see the coach would be talking to him - trash-talking him, basically," the parent said.

Mr Tremblay's hornets went on to win 5-4.

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