In June of last year, Tremblay was a volunteer coach for the UBC Hornets peewee hockey team as they played against Richmond Steel at the University of British Columbia. The Hornets ended up winning, but this did not stop the 48-year-old from venting against a 13-year-old player on the opposing team.
At the end of the match, as the two teams line up for the traditional post-match handshake (good game, good game, good game), amateur video captured Tremblay intentionally tripping the 13-year-old and then, as the crowd booed, pointing at the boy aggressively as he lay on the ice.
According to witnesses, Tremblay had been mocking the boy throughout the game, insulting his skating and calling him “twinkle toes.” Later, in the locker room, Tremblay admitted he’d intentionally tripped the boy, who ended up injuring his wrist in the fall and had to wear a cast.
After pleading pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November, prosecutors asked for Tremblay to be placed under house arrest for 30 days. The defense asked for a suspended sentenced coupled with a large fine. But Judge Patrick Chen denied them both and sentenced Tremblay to a harsher sentence of 15 days in jail.
Describing the attack as akin to a “cowardly sucker punch on an unsuspecting victim,” the judge said “society will not tolerate the assault of children by adults.” He hopes that by sticking Tremblay with some jail time, a signal will be sent to other parents about their behavior during children’s sports events.
Tremblay’s defense attorney said that his client was not expecting such a harsh sentence, he will not be filing an appeal. He said Tremblay will follow the conditions in order to make amends.
“He lost his wife, he lost a number of construction contracts, he’s rebuilding his life after this incident,” Bob Bellows said outside court. “He’s paid a heavy price for his actions that day.”
He added that Tremblay will likely never coach hockey again and has also been barred from his position as a leader with Scouts Canada.Tags: Assault, British Columbia, coach, hockey, Martin Tremblay, sports