|A YouTube screengrab shows UBC Hornets coach Martin Tremblay tripping a Richmond Steel player during the post-game handshake. (Youtube)
VANCOUVER - The RCMP said Wednesday it plans to recommend assault charges against a minor hockey coach who tripped a 13-year-old player following a game last weekend, causing the child to break his wrist.
A hockey mom in the stands captured on video UBC Hornets coach Martin Tremblay tripping a Richmond Steel player during the post-game handshake, despite his team’s 5-4 victory Saturday at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena.
Video footage shows the coach shake hands with the goalie of the opposing team. He then appears to purposefully march down the line of Richmond Steel players before sticking out his right foot to the side and trip the youth, causing another player to also fall.
Tremblay then spins around, jabbing his finger toward the second player, who’d leapt back up to his feet to face the coach.
“We’re expecting to forward assault charge recommendations to Crown counsel, probably in the next month and a half,” RCMP Sgt. Paulena Gidda said. “The matter is still under investigation. There is still video to review. There are still statements to obtain from onlookers as well as parents that were at the arena.”
Tremblay was arrested after the incident and released same day, on a promise to appear for court date at the end of August, Gidda said.