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Hockey coach who tripped teen players feels ‘shame’

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Last June, Martin Tremblay touched off a furore after video spread of him tripping a 13-year-old boy during the post-game handshakes after an emotional championship game in the Vancouver, B.C. area.

Earlier this week, Tremblay pleaded guilty to assault in a B.C. court. Here's the unforgettable incident that even his defenders described as "five seconds of madness":

Tremblay, a father himself, has written a letter of apology to the two boys he tripped, one of whom broke his wrist. That's not enough, according to the manager of the other team.

In Richmond court Tuesday, [Tremblay's lawyer Bob] Bellows delivered a letter of apology Tremblay wrote that will be passed along to the two victims, both of whom played for the opposing Richmond Steel team.

"It's a complete apology. He accepts total responsibility for what occurred and he wishes them well on the ice and off the ice and asks for their forgiveness," Bellows said.

But Steel manager Tammy Hohlweg said the written apology is too little, too late, and that the boys' parents have been frustrated by Tremblay's silence up to this point.

"Maybe if he [apologized] within a week or a couple days of it happening it would have been fine but now it's a little too late I think," Hohlweg said. (CTV News)

It does seem insufficient to have only apologized through the court system more than four months after the incident. Elite-level hockey players involved in a regrettable incident that crossed the line will often pass along a "sorry" within 24 to 48 hours. It's different when the legal system is involved, but it is also different when it was a grown man whom hockey parents trusted to look out for children. The trust extended to the boys he wasn't coaching, too.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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