Hockey and Handshakes
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.