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