My assessment and then close the thread.
1) Cheap hit by the Thunderbirds kid with intent. No accidental contact there. Kid deserves a game for boarding.
2) Hockey is a tough CONTACT sport. If you loose your mind over a hit like that, have you kid play baseball or soccer. Both are sports for softer kids and parents. Cheap hits WILL happen. No one like them, but it happens.
3) Both Thunderbirds coaches escalated the issue. The parent had a right to walk over to check on is kid, but should have kept it at that. Not sure what he said to the coaches, but BOTH coaches went at it with the parent. They could have helped to diffuse the situation. Instead HC kept it up and because he was being a tough guy too who coach appears to a be a bench screaming coach - "Ag Division coach expectation".
4) No parent should go after a kid, coach or ref.
5) Ice rage is like road rage. You may get angry, but hold it in and move on after reassessing no damage done.
6) Parents that watch games from the corners and switch ends between period are more likely to be ice rage dads. Ice rage moms are the ones that sit closest to the live barn mics.
For the record, my son broke his wrist in a hit like that. Was I pXssed? yes. Did I lose my shXt? No Did I embarrass my kid? No. Did the other coach handle it with class? yes
as a ref - those guys did not do a good job.
Arm was up for the hit right away which was good. But you can not leave the area when there is a parent there and let the coach on the bench stand up there and yell at the parent.
And then the ref comes over and "chases" the parent away? His kid just got clocked on a hit that you deemed was a penalty.
Bad game management on their part.
So I’m curious, what did the Blazers coach do during all this?
So what about all the tough guy dads? We are they?