Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 02/16/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
A father has been banned from hockey arenas for the rest of the season following a verbal tirade at a minor hockey game that was caught on video and posted to the Internet.
Terry Kirkham of Hockey Winnipeg says a letter has been sent to Jason Boyd informing him he's banned from all arenas for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Video from the Monday game shows Boyd yelling his disapproval when a referee called a hit to one of his son's opponents a head shot, calling the injured defenceman a "midget" who would not have been struck in the head if he were taller.
It shows Boyd, who was holding a baby, then get into a heated argument with the camera holder and with Chuck Kitson, whose 15-year-old son, Emerson, took the hit.
In the footage, Kitson approaches Boyd over the midget comment. "I touched him with a single finger and said 'excuse me,' " Kitson said.
The one-minute clip uploaded to YouTube then shows Boyd threatening to "cave his (expletive) glasses in" if Kitson touched him again. It had about 75,000 views as of Friday evening.
"I was quite angry that somebody would be yelling when my son is lying on the ice, and calling him names," Kitson said Friday.
"I mean he wasn't moving, and this fellow was oblivious to everyone around him."
Boyd said in a statement he wishes to "sincerely apologize" to Kitson and his son for his "unacceptable behaviour" during the game.
"I cannot and will not try to justify or excuse my actions. I had a significant lapse in judgment and for that I am truly sorry," Boyd said, adding he supports moves by minor hockey leagues to reduce "parent confrontations" at games.
In an email containing the statement, Boyd's cousin, Paul Boyd, said the hockey dad is offering to make a personal apology to Kitson and his son.
But Kitson said he does not know what to make of the offer.
"I'm not quite sure how he can apologize. He threatened me, baited me, tried to incite physical violence, tried to entice me into more actions throughout the game. I'm not quite sure how he can apologize for that and have me put any faith in it."
Kitson said the hit came within the first five minutes of the match, and that Boyd continued to berate players and the referees throughout the remainder of the game -- even after Kitson's son was hit again and had his arm broken.
Kirkham said the Lord Selkirk Minor Hockey Association sought the suspension for Boyd, adding such a ban isn't something Hockey Winnipeg has to do that often.
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 16, 2013 A11
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Officer under investigation for sexual harassment sues police force, city
Kurds rally in support of besieged countrymen in Syria
Judge's inquiry panel to begin Nov. 24
HSC sets aside 10 isolation rooms to deal with Ebola
No rules stop school trustee incumbents from using official email for campaigns
Murder trial begins for man accused of dismembering co-worker
Missing teen last seen in Elmwood
Winnipeggers resign themselves to new community mailboxes
Six-week-old infant dies at Red Sucker Lake First Nation
Winnipeg group trying to sponsor three Syrian refugee families to come to Canada
Five-year old boy dies after being struck by vehicle at St. Theresa Point First Nation
Six facing charges after police find guns, drugs at house
Two-vehicle crash on Trans-Canada Highway near Oak Lake covers lane with debris
Trustees elected in Division scolaire franco-manitobaine
Advance poll turnout continues to increase, sets record this year
Manitoba Hydro invites questions online on its bid to control Lake Winnipeg levels
Missing seven-year-old girl safely located
Police looking for man suspected of sexual assault at Fort and Graham bus shelter
Police arrest man in alleged sexual assault on transit bus
Conference Board forecast says Winnipeg economy slowed this year but will rebound
Pickups scheduled for KE students' belongings after fire
Bowman, Judy W-L neck and neck, poll shows
Harry Potter sport works its magic in Winnipeg
Above-normal temps in store this week
Loved ones gather to celebrate life of music educator
St. Norbert race highly competitive
Boy hit by taxi
Front-runners for mayor firing flurry of campaign promises
Only two more sleeps till election day
A search for the visionary mayor
More aboriginal candidates on campaign trail
Sharing the hip-hop scene with the city