Following a physical altercation in Gatineau, Que., two. minor hockey coaches were slapped with a lifetime ban from coaching by Hockey Outaouais. The alleged altercation transpired after a rowdy U15 game between the Jets 1 La Lièvre and the Remparts Gatineau on Sunday November 20 at Slush Puppy Centre in Gatineau.
The decision for a lifetime ban was handed down by an independent disciplinary committee a week later. The two coaches are prohibited from coaching minor hockey at any level anywhere in the country.
One man involved in the conflict sustained minor injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital. Local authorities are investigating the incident, but no formal charges have been issued to date.
Patrick Groulx - a coach for the Jets 1 La Lièvre - expressed his dissatisfaction with his punishment, suggesting only one side of the story was considered beforehand.
"I feel confused. I feel betrayed by the Hockey Outaouais committee. They never came to see me, to talk to me. They made decisions on facts [which rest] on just one side of the coin I did not even have the right to explain myself to these people who made decisions," Groulx said in French.
Hockey Canada chimed in, suggesting that it would also uphold any sanctions imposed on the two coaches; a sign of solidarity from the National governing body for the sport.
"Hockey Canada will recognize and enforce that disciplinary penalty, subject to any appeal rights that the individuals may have," they wrote.