Hockey Coach in Jail after Fracturing 13-Year-Old Opponent’s Wrist

Wednesday, 27. February 2013

A tripping penalty in hockey usually leads to a two-minute penalty, but a 48-year-old coach got a stiffer penalty after he tripped an opponent while the two teams were shaking hands at center ice.

Martin Tremblay was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months of probation after he went all Cobra Kai on a player from the opposing team.  What makes the case disturbing is that the player Tremblay tripped was only 13 years old, and the kid fractured his wrist on the fall.

As you can see in the video below, Tremblay intentionally trips two players on the opposing team near the end of the handshake line.

Tremblay was reportedly upset that the taller player celebrated a goal in front of his team’s bench.  Nothing like trumping poor sportsmanship with a poorer display of class.

During the hearing, in which Tremblay pled guilty to two counts of assault, the presiding judge compared his actions to a “cowardly sucker punch.”

Robert Bellows, who represented Tremblay at trial, said his client paid a huge price for his actions, including marital problems and significant losses to his construction business.

“It’s horrible,” said Bellows.  “He put in years and years coaching hockey, he put in years and years as a scout master. And that all over … because of one incident when he was off his antidepressants for three weeks.”

Bellows said his client is focused on rebuilding his life after the incident, and he doesn’t believe Tremblay will ever coach hockey again.

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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