Blockade was bad judgement by coach

"The coach and general manager of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks doesn’t like the rules. Well that’s just too bad."

  • Jan. 11, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Is what I read for real (Hockey Dispute Spills Over To Parking Lot Trail Times Jan. 8) or was Mr. Jones auditioning for the movie “Slapshot 3”?

The coach and general manager of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks doesn’t like the rules. Well that’s just too bad. The rules are there for a reason and there are processes which one can undertake to have changes made. Putting up a blockade by using your players isn’t one of them.

Wow, what a lesson to teach your players. Don’t like something? Just put up a blockade, break the law, put people in harm’s way, do whatever it takes.

What transpired in this particular case with this player is totally irrelevant. The fact that a coach and general manager of a hockey team would organize and engage his players in this type of activity is absolutely appalling. Did Mr. Jones not consider that involving his players in this type of activity had the potential to provoke a serious altercation between the two teams which could have resulted in serious injury and possibly criminal charges?

If I was a parent of a Nitehawk player I would be very concerned that the coach and general manager, who is responsible for the care and control of my child while with the team, put him in a potentially volatile situation.

Congratulations to the coaches and players of the Trail Smoke Eaters who stayed in the bus, kept their cool and acted responsibly.

Hopefully the Nitehawk players will not be judged or punished for something that you were totally responsible for and should be held accountable for by the BC Hockey Association.

Sandy SantoriPast PresidentTrail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club.

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