UPDATE: OMHA calls hockey dad's behaviour "totally unacceptable"
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association says one Scugog hockey dad's behaviour last week is "totally unacceptable."
Police say several parents confronted a 17-year-old referee during a minor game last Tuesday. When the referee was leaving the arena and walking to his car, one of the parents allegedly threatened him and kicked him in the legs from behind.
29-year-old Brad Fenney has been charged with assault and uttering threats. He's been released with the condition that he not attend any organized youth sporting event.
"Certainly this type of behaviour is unacceptable," says Richard Ropchan with the OMHA. "The OMHA takes a lot of pride in working with and educating our members about acceptable behaviour."
Ropchan says playing hockey is more about learning life skills than preparing for a professional hockey career.
"If you can't have some fun and learn some life skills along the way, you're missing the point, you're missing the real purpose of enjoying the game," he says.
He add that parents are the adults in the arena and they should be setting a good example.