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Hockey coach gets 15 days jail for tripping player

A hockey coach who pled guilty to tripping a 13-year-old Richmond boy during a post-game handshake following a minor hockey championship game in June of 2012, has been sentenced to 15 days in prison.

Martin Joseph George Tremblay, 49, appeared in Richmond provincial court on Tuesday afternoon, where he also received a one-year term of probation.

A DNA application by the Crown was denied by Judge Patrick Chen.

Tremblay entered a surprise guilty plea during an appearance in court late in November.

His lawyer, Robert Bellows, said at the time that his client was remorseful.

"He feels horrible about what occurred and he's written a since letter of apology to the two boys which was given to the prosecutor today," Bellows said in November. "He's hoping they will forgive him at some point."

The tripping incident occurred following the game, during the traditional handshake ceremony. The incident was captured on videotape and has since been viewed by millions of people around the world.

In the video, which was posted to YouTube, the coach is seen lining up to shake hands, and then sticking out his foot and tripping two of the opposing team's players, sending them tumbling to the ice.

Afterward, he points his finger at the taller of two players who fell.

Richmond Steel volunteer team manager Tammy Hohlweg said the coach had been "point and yelling at the taller boy" prior to the trip, and appeared to be targetting him alone, with the second smaller player being caught up in what happened.

Tremblay was arrested and handcuffed by Mounties, who arrived about 15 minutes after the incident.

 

 

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