Respect In Sport Article, News (Shallow Lake Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Respect In Sport Article
Submitted By steve shouldice on Monday, February 23, 2015
“Respect In Sport” article...



Respect in Sport'
by Brian Acton


February 23, 2015

The OMHA is holding a contest for players to submit an essay on why they love hockey. I have a few personal insights myself on this topic.

As a referee and parent of two hockey players, I have seen the best and worst of what minor hockey has to offer. This past weekend showed me its worst.

I was asked, along with another long time referee from our town, to officiate an atom playoff game in Shallow Lake on Sunday against Norwood.

It is an honour to be picked for these assignments as they require neutral referees and you enjoy the competition of these games because an 'All Ontario' title is at stake.

The game was very intense and with kids playing their hardest and chasing every loose puck, there were bound to be many collisions.

I don’t know what penalty applies when two players want one puck and collide with each other to get it. There is body contact but which player gets the penalty? The answer is easy if you think about it, the 'other' team.

Parents were literally going wild about calls and non-calls. Before the game was over, one coach was ejected as well as one fan. A case could have easily been made for many more!

Things didn’t get any better and my partner and I rushed back to Port Elgin to do the 'Pee Wee AE' game against Huntsville.

I hate to say it but ... we were treated terribly by both teams' fans, I guess to be expected. There were numerous penalty calls, and apparently everyone of them was wrong.

My daughter attended the game so she got to hear all of the "nice" things said about her dad. It didn’t stop when the game was over, we had people waiting for us as we left the ice to curse and swear at our efforts.

Even one player from the home team threw me an 'F- bomb'. This matter was taken care of by Coach Andy Bernard when he was made aware of it. Thank you Andy.  The point I am trying to make in all of this is that referees deserve a lot more respect.

 

This article has been viewed 1625 times.
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Shallow Lake Minor Hockey on Twitter
- and -
Visit Shallow Lake Minor Hockey on Facebook
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 02
    Apr
    Organization
    Well, it’s not the ending we had hoped for, but we can at least say we made it through this strange season safely and with very few issues. 
  • 29
    Mar
    Organization
    The arena will be closed on the following days over the Easter Weekend.
  • 02
    Mar
    Organization
    Coaching applications for the 2021/22 season have been opened.  Applications are being accepted for both Rep and Local League teams until May 31, 2021. The Application can be found under Team Staff > Coaches > 2021 Coaching Applications. 
  • 19
    Feb
    Organization
    A member of our Laker Hockey Family is in need of our thoughts and support.
  • 18
    Feb
    Organization
    The Laker season will resume Friday February 19th at 5pm when Under 11 Orange & Under 11 Blue hit the ice. 
  • 17
    Feb
    Organization
    Georgian Bluffs Council voted in favor reopening the Community Center at their council meeting Wednesday night.
  • 23
    Dec
    Organization
    Effective December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am, Grey Bruce will be going into lockdown. 
  • 12
    Dec
    Organization
    Shallow Lake Minor Hockey Juvenile- Champions
Printed from lakershockey.ca on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:27 PM