Nepean hockey coach's tantrum leads to investigation

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A hockey coach throws a water bottle in the direction of an official at a minor league hockey game.
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A hockey coach throws a water bottle in the direction of an official at a minor league hockey game.

Minor hockey league officials are reviewing an incident on Saturday in which an irate coach with the Nepean Raiders threw water bottles and sticks on the ice.

The incident happened during a AA midget game at Sandy Hill Arena between the Raiders and the Ottawa Sting.

After a penalty to his team led to a goal, a Raiders coach started yelling at officials and began throwing objects, including sticks, onto the ice while players were still skating.

Players from the Nepean Raiders were left to pick the debris off the ice.

Nancy Kilrea, a parent of a player on the Sting and daughter-in-law of long time hockey coach Brian Kilrea, captured the moment on video.

"I just shot it because it was so ridiculous," said Kilrea. "I've never seen a coach lose it like that … [to] see the sticks coming off the bench, it was outrageous."

Ottawa District Hockey Association president Ron Thompson called the incident a clear breach of conduct.

"This is extremely unfortunate," said Thompson. "It cannot and should not happen … it's the worst case I've come across in 30 years."

League officials said their review of the incident should be done within a few days and said any discipline would be announced after that review.

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