We’ve all heard the joke about going to watch a fight and then a hockey game broke out. While fighting is most definitely one small part of hockey, a story from this morning’s Edmonton Sun is absolutely pathetic.
GUELPH, Ont. — Six hockey players and two coaches were suspended following a brawl between two teams of eight-year-olds in Guelph last week that has stunned police. Three players each from the Duffield Devils and Niagara Falls Thunder novice triple-A teams, and their respective coaches, were ejected from the Guelph Power Play Tournament on Friday after a brawl during a game.
“These are eight-year-olds,” said Staff Sgt. Neal Young of Guelph Police.
“How ridiculous is that?”
It is incredulous Staff Sergeant, that is what it is. Sure, hockey is a rough sport, but this did not happen because hockey is violent. This happened because the adults involved are idiots.
Police were called to the arena shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. A small fight had broken out between players on the ice and both coaches sent more players from the bench to join in the fracas, Young said. A member of the Niagara Falls coaching staff approached the Duffield bench and allegedly spit in the face of a Duffield coach.
I cannot imagine a coach allowing 8 year olds to fight, let alone sending reinforcements to join the melee. The fact that one coach spit on another is par for the course with this outfit.
This is a disgrace. The parents should demand that the “coaches” be immediately removed from coaching; never allowed to return. Obviously these men are not positive role models. They should not be allowed to influence children.
It is not foolish when a child behaves like a child. It is foolish, and often tragic, when grown men behave like children.