I dunno, the headline is pretty self-explanatory.
When we last checked in on André Harvey, a house league hockey coach in Jonquière, Quebec, we were suspecting he might get a lifetime ban for quite clearly trying to punch an opposing player in the back of the head during a melee near his bench.
Today, we learn that the Quebec Ice Hockey Federation has not only issued just a 10-year suspension to Mr. Harvey for striking the Chicoutimi player in the head, but that Mr. Harvey also said that the punch was accidental:
The volunteer coach has admitted to the incident, and apologized, but he says the landed punch was an accident.
Hockey Quebec says that apology isn't enough. It says the coach has a responsibility to set an example and that his behaviour violates the basic principles of amateur coaching.
"the landed punch was an accident"
Not to editorialize here, but is Mr. Harvey aware that there is a video online? I posted it above. Presumably, the coach charged with the ban is the one who was caught on camera punching a player, quite purposefully.Read More »from Youth hockey coach gets 10-year ban for punching player in back of head