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Mad Manitoba hockey dad from viral video could be punished

KEVIN ENGSTROM | QMI AGENCY

WINNIPEG -- Local minor hockey officials voted Thursday night to bar a Selkirk, Man., man from attending his teenage son's games after video of him calling an opposing team's player names and shouting at the kid's father went viral.

The Lord Selkirk Minor Hockey Association voted to suspend Jason Boyd after holding an emergency board meeting to discuss the video, which as of early Thursday night had been viewed more than 12,100 times on YouTube. The length of Boyd's suspension will be determined in consultation with Hockey Winnipeg.

The video -- shot during the first period of a Monday night game at Southdale Arena -- shows Boyd shouting at a referee for calling a head-shot penalty on his 15-year-old son, suggesting it was only a penalty because the opposing team's player is "a midget."

"My son was hit and was laying on the ice, not moving, and the rink became deathly quiet," Chuck Kitson said. "And out of that quiet came a big booming voice, yelling at the referee that my son is a midget."

Kitson said he walked over to Boyd and tapped him on the shoulder. As seen on the video, it was at that point Boyd -- holding a baby in one arm -- angrily told Kitson not to touch him again and offered to "cave in" Kitson's glasses.

Boyd couldn't be reached for comment, but told other media the comment was made in the "heat of the moment" and that he regretted the name-calling. Kitson claimed the name-calling continued throughout the game, however, including when his son had his arm broken on a play two periods later.

Monte Miller, the executive director of Hockey Winnipeg, said he was taken aback by the video.

"I was like every other hockey parent when I saw it, it's a little disconcerting," Miller said. "It's a kids' game, you're supposed to be there enjoying watching your kids."

Miller said Hockey Winnipeg is gathering information about a program run in Alberta and Saskatchewan that has hockey parents take an online course that explores their own behaviour and how it affects their children. He said it would be difficult, if not impossible, to ensure every parent actually takes the course, but it might minimize confrontations like the one depicted on the video.

"We won't know until we implement it," Miller said.

-- With files from Nicole Dube


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