Hockey and Handshakes

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As part of their growth and development, many parents enroll their children in sports programs. Although there are those few who become professional athletes, for most kids playing a sport is a great way to get exercise, strengthen friendships, and learn good sportsmanship. Unless you are on Martin Tremblay’s team.

Tremblay’s team, the UBC Hornets, was the victor in a close match for the final game of the spring hockey season. As is customary, the teams lined up for the end-of-the-game handshake lines. As Tremblay reached the end of the line, video shows him sliding his foot out to trip a 13-year-old player on the opposing team. The player, along with another who was behind him in the line, tumbles to the ground. One of the players broke his wrist in the fall. Tremblay responds by pointing at the boys, then giving the crowd the middle finger. Classy.

Now “RCMP Sgt. Paulena Gidda said investigators are still considering charges of assault or assault causing bodily harm.” Unfortunately, the fallen children on the opposing team aren’t the only ones Tremblay has harmed. He has harmed the boys on his own team, who have seen a poor example of pride and sportsmanship. He led them to a season-ending win, and then showed the entire world that no matter how good you are in the game, you can still be angry, cruel, and a bully. I hope that their parents can help them to understand that winning a game is small, and winning at life is what is really important. Coach Tremblay seems like a loser on that front. 

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Hockey and Handshakes

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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4 comments

  1. Amanda says:

    Wow I’m really amazed by this article. It took an entire sport and custom into a full on verbal assault on this guy. I strongly disagree with the conduct of this "mans" actions and don’t believe that it should be held relative to either of the things it is labeled under here. Sports are a great active way for kids to learn team work and stay active. Handshakes are simply a way of introduction and insight to people and their personalities. This guys has really brought the bar to a new level and we really just need to make sure to pay attention to the teachers that we are trusting with our kids…

  2. meredith says:

    That is outragious and disgusting!

  3. Brittney says:

    Hockey is an intense sport…any sport is. But the fact a grown man tripped a 13 yo after winning a game is not only ridiculous but sad.

  4. Kim Shannon says:

    Hockey is brutal… I can’t believe a grown man felt the need to trip a 13-year-old. He is claiming that he "slipped" and I hope he did, because if not? Wow.

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