SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –A teen hockey player from Springfield is recovering following a violent clash over the weekend.
What’s drawing all of the attention is that it happened off the ice, and allegedly at the hands of an opposing team’s parent.
Joe Tavello coaches Springfield’s Holy Name Stars, and in his more than 20 years doing so, says he has never seen an adult hit a child over a game.
On Sunday. the team was in Marlboro for a game against the Junior Crusaders.
The incident started when a player for the Stars, and a player for the Crusaders got into a scuffle, and crashed into the boards trying to get to the puck.
“Looking across the ice, one of us was prepared go to the player and accompany him to the locker room, but he’d already been asked to leave the ice and step off the ice unattended. The guardians or parents came to him, verbally said something, and then struck him. The male struck him. No child is expected to get assaulted by an adult, especially in a safe haven such as that,” Tavello said.
The 13-year-old was taken out of the arena on a stretcher with a concussion and an arm injury.
The man who hit him was a parent or guardian of a player on the opposing team.
Coach Tavella says he’ll be sitting down with his players and other coaches to talk, before hitting the ice again this weekend.
The family of that young player who was hurt has retained a lawyer.