Jail for hockey coach who tripped up 13-year-old and caused fractured wrists
A youth hockey coach in Canada has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for tripping a 13-year-old player during a post-match handshake.
Martin Tremblay, 48, was caught on video sticking out his leg and causing two players, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, to fall on to the ice. The 13-year-old fractured his wrists when he fell.
The CBC and Associated Press report that his 15 day jail sentence is to be served on intermittent weekends. He also faces 12 months of probation in relation to two counts of assault stemming from the incident.
Both Tremblay and his lawyer were reportedly surprised at the outcome, assuming he would be spared prison having entered a guilty plea.
Judge Patrick Chen said that Tremblay had abused the trust of the public in his position as coach and said the tripping action was akin to 'a cowardly sucker punch'.
Tremblay's lawyer, Robert Bellows, said his client had suffered significant damage to both his life and livelihood since the incident.
It was revealed that the coach was not taking his anti-depressant medication at the time of the assault and that his marriage has since broken down, and his construction business gone into decline.