I have just returned from Gateway Arena where I watched my 10-year-old grandson play in a Transcona vs. Dakota hockey game.
What should have been a pleasant experience for the families and friends of all the young players was ruined by one parent. He yelled constantly at the top of his lungs. He hurled insults at the young referees whenever they made a call he didn’t like, calling (them names) in French so they wouldn’t understand what he was saying.
However, I and several others in the crowd do understand French and knew exactly what was being yelled out. We all get caught up in the excitement of the game and cheering our kids on. But this parent’s behaviour created a very tense, unpleasant and stressful situation for fans of both teams.
There has been a lot of attention given recently to curb the overzealous actions and words of parents, and fans in general, when they attend children’s hockey games. One would think that by now, we would begin to be mindful of what we say and do, and be just a little more considerate of those around us.
The boys on both teams played their hearts out. Transcona lost to an overtime goal which indicates what a close and exciting game it was. We just wanted to watch my grandson play hockey and enjoy the moment. Sadly, that moment was ruined by one obnoxious parent who just doesn’t get it.... it’s just a game!
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