Jail time for Vancouver minor hockey coach who tripped players
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:29AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:29PM PST
The Vancouver minor hockey coach who was caught tripping two young players on an opposing team has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months probation.
Former UBC Hornets coach Martin Tremblay pleaded guilty to assault this fall.
Crown Counsel had asked for a 30-day conditional jail sentence which Tremblay could serve at home, and 18 months probation. Defense opposed the house arrest.
Following a gold-medal game in the summer of 2012, Tremblay was shown tripping two players, age 10 and 13, from the Richmond Steel team.
A video posted online showed the coach shaking the goalie’s hand and then skipping the rest of the players, before sticking his foot out in front of a 13-year-old Steel player who is second-last in line.
One of the players injured his wrist and required a cast because of the fall and the other player was uninjured.
Tremblay was on probation for a separate assault at the time. Defense claimed that Tremblay was depressed and off of his medication when the assaults occurred.
Tremblay’s lawyer Bob Bellows said his client has felt shame and remorse for his actions, and has asked for the players’ forgiveness.
“He feels horrible about it. It’s affected the two boys, it’s affected his son who plays hockey, it’s affected his livelihood,” Bellows told CTV British Columbia after the guilty plea was delivered.