Assault charge considered against coach for tripping hockey player

Mounties say they’ll likely recommend an assault charge in the coming weeks against a Vancouver hockey coach who tripped a 13-year-old Richmond Steel hockey player during a post-game handshake.

The boy reportedly broke his wrist in the fall, in which the Richmond team narrowly missed out on winning gold at a spring wind-up tournament hosted at University of B.C.’s Thunderbird Arena last weekend.

The RCMP are investigating.

The incident first came to light when CTV News obtained a video showing a coach identified as Martin Tremblay tripping the Richmond player, causing two boys to tumble to the ice.

“Charges are pending,” RCMP Sgt. Paulena Gidda told CTV News. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, we’re looking at charges of assault, and possibly assault causing bodily harm, depending on the injuries and where our investigation take us.”

Richmond Steel manager Tammy Hohlweg told CTV she’d like to see the coach suspended permanently from coaching.

The video shows him pointing his middle finger towards the stands, while another player from the Vancouver Hornets throwing a water bottle at the glass.

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