Tripping in the sport of hockey is usually a minor penalty where the offending player gets sent to the penalty box for two minutes. But for youth hockey coach Martin Tremblay, his tripping penalty will have him sitting in a penalty box for more than 20,000 minutes.
The Vancouver pee-wee hockey coach was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Wednesday, after pulling off a post-game stunt that even former Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi would call a cheap shot.
As Tremblay was making his way down the line of players and coaches shaking hands after his team’s 5-4 win, Tremblay purposely swept out the legs of two opposing players and sent both tumbling down to the ice. One of the players, a 13-years-old, broke his wrist from the fall.
The scene turned ugly as fans began throwing water bottles onto the ice at Tremblay, which sparked the 48-year-old to start throwing up the middle finger to spectators in the stands as he left the ice.
The incident was caught on tape, and went viral almost immediately after being uploaded on YouTube.
His lawyer said that Tremblay was already paying a heavy price from the June incident, and had lost his job and his wife since the episode.