RICHMOND, B.C. - A Vancouver pee wee hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a young player during what was supposed to be a post-game handshake.
Martin Tremblay stuck out his foot while shaking hands with an opposing team player, and his fit of anger was posted on the Internet, garnering two million views.
The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November.
Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen gave Tremblay jail time, saying he wasn't satisfied that time served in the community was enough to denounce or deter the man for his actions.
Chen told Tremblay that he may have some anger management issues and that the man must take responsibility for what he did because society will not tolerate children being assaulted by adults.
Two players, aged 10 and 13, tumbled to the ice last June when Tremblay stuck his foot out, leaving one child with an injured wrist after Tremblay coached a UBC Hornets' game.
After his arrest by RCMP, Tremblay was banned from coaching by the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association, lost a volunteer position with Scouts Canada and had two of his construction jobs cancelled because of his notoriety.
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