Hockey parents Respect course may not be effective: Referee

Kainen Bell, 12, was injured during a hockey game when a referee fell on top of him. Then a melee...

Kainen Bell, 12, was injured during a hockey game when a referee fell on top of him. Then a melee broke out. (QMI AGENCY FILES)

Kristin Annable, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

WINNIPEG - For a veteran minor hockey referee, a mandatory class for hockey parents is a "knee-jerk reaction" to a complex issue.

"It's fine to have it, but I don't know how applicable it is," said Ken Lazaruk, who has over 35 years of refereeing experience in minor hockey. "I know what they are trying to do, I don't know if it is going to be as effective as they think."

Parents are only part of the problem when it comes to aggression in the sport, he explained.

After a string of incidents, last month Hockey Manitoba announced it would officially implement a mandatory Respect in Sport Parent Program for the 2014-15 season. It is aimed at parents who exhibit inappropriate behaviour at games, the organization stating incidents involving hockey parents have increased over the past two years.


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