Youth hockey coach fired after fighting referee on ice at Kingston, MA rink

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    Witnesses say the coach started the confrontation by spitting in the referee’s face and began throwing punches when the official began defending himself.

    Watching 12-year-old players giving the coach stick taps just disgusted me.







     
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    That's an absolute scumbag, trash move...I've coached a zillion games, I'm as competitive as they get, I've never been even remotely close to anything like this before...never even the urge to lift a finger at an official...and similarly, on the flip side, when I officiated, never even came close to a situation like that...that's disgustingly inappropriate...
     
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    "Fired"?
     
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    He needs to see jail time for assault.
     
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    Hope he goes to jail for assault & battery.

    What a piece of shit loser.
     
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    WHy the hell was the coach even out there on the ice, never mind swinging at the ref.
     
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    Make the man drink some hemlock for corrupting the youth. There's absolutely no place for that in hockey, let alone peewee hockey
     
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    The full video (see here) shows the ref getting into a verbal spat with the coach, apparently because the coach slammed a door in protest of a call or something? The ref waves the coach to leave, and the coach is a few steps toward the door when he comes back toward the ref. You see the rest of it here -- he closes on the ref in a confrontational way, the ref holds his ground and shoves him back/down, and the coach pops up swinging.

    edit: per the other thread, apparently the coach spit on the ref which is what provoked the shove.

    The coach should absolutely be banned from the association, permanently. You've got a kid stick-tapping while his coach tunes up a ref... that's beyond disgraceful. The whole world saw this, let alone the message it sent to the kids on that team. There's simply not a place in youth sports for someone who would be involved in that kind of situation.

    Ref should also receive some re-training. Holding his ground and shoving the coach was a stupid move on his part. It's a youth game, not the NHL... there are no "messages" to be sent to the coaches. All he needed to do was back up a few feet and continue to wave the coach off, and the situation would never have escalated to the point of punches. Worst case, the coach makes an ass out of himself standing in open ice yelling.
     
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    That kid doing the ice tap would be suspended if I was the other coach. That was ridiculous.
     
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    I agree with you, including about the ref. While he was just reacting to the absolutely horrible behaviour of the coach, he added to the situation. He's on skates, he should have moved out of range of the coach and refused to engage.

    I'd be mortified as a parent if that was my kid stick tapping. But then, kids see adults get all excited cheering when two NHLers start swinging, and players stick tapping each other. And kids aren't the best at context. Hopefully he gets some guidance from some real adults (which his coach isn't obviously).
     
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