Martin Tremblay, a minor league youth hockey coach, has been arrested for purposely tripping a a 13-year old opponent of his team.
According to reports, the incident took place on Saturday, June 23 after a youth hockey game between two teams from Vancouver and Richmond, at at Thunderbird Arena on the University of British Columbia campus
After the game, the teams lined up to shake hands with the coaches following on the back of the line, as it is traditionally done.
As Tremblay, the coach for the UBC Hornets, the team that won the game, approached the two players from the opposing team, the Richmond Steel, he kicked his leg out and tripped them up.
Both players fell, with one of the boys sustaining a serious wrist injury as he fell and hit the ice, a local Vancouver news outlet reports.
The incident has caused mass outrage towards the coach who can be seen on a YouTube video that shows the full incident, including the coach apparently giving the middle finger towards to tripped-up child.
According to Canadian Press, Sergeant Paulena Gidda of the UBC RCMP detachment said the incident was witnessed by parents, spectators and other players and police were called.
The coach was arrested. Charges will be forwarded at a later date, pending the results of the investigation. Gidda told the Canadian Press. It was an incident that was unfortunate, and it doesn't bring a great light to our community.
Lucie McNeill, UBC's director of public affairs told TheStar that she has seen the video and talked to staff about the incident.
It's really disturbing and of concern when something like this happens anywhere, she said. Our staff works hard to provide a safe environment for recreational sports to happen.
B.C. minor hockey coach trips opposing player in handshake lineup