During a recent youth hockey game between the Boston Raptors and Connecticut Tribe, several fights broke out on the ice.
The officials just sort of stood around doing nothing (hey, this IS ice hockey, right?) while the players exchanged blows and headlocks.
At one point, a mom in the stands had apparently had enough. Gina O’Toole came out onto the ice to admonish the officials and try to stop the fighting.
Guess what? It worked.
The stunned players stopped brawling and stared at the mom in shock, as spectators could be heard shouting “get off the ice!”
“I’ve seen fights usually between one or two children and the refs usually step in immediately and break it up. That didn’t happen,” O’Toole said. “I just found myself opening the gate and walking onto the ice and saying, ‘Hey, you need to get control of this game. What are you doing?’
“The ref turned around and he yelled at me and told me to get off the ice and I said, ‘You need to do your job. What concerned me was the feeling of the blows to the back of the head and a child going down the ice of maybe a potential head injury.”
Sure, fighting is a part of hockey, but when is enough enough – especially at the youth level?
Check out the video below. Do you think this hockey mom did the right thing?
- Hockey Mom Ran Onto Ice To Tell Refs ‘Do Your Job’ (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Hockey Mom Breaks Up Brawl on Ice – Should She Have Intervened? (mashable.com)
- Mom breaks up hockey fight: Appreciated or embarrassing? (timesunion.com)
- “This is Good Stuff for YouTube”: Hockey Mom Storms the Ice to Break Up Fight [Video] (bostinno.com)