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Parents in massive brawl at kids' hockey game

TT/Rebecca Martin · 5 Dec 2011, 11:59

Published: 05 Dec 2011 11:59 GMT+01:00

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”They were shouting 'get off the ice, you son of a bitch' and things like that,” said Peter Larsson, who leads the Hovås team to daily Aftonbladet.

The trouble really kicked off in the second period, when the score was 6-4 to Frölunda.

A player for Hovås slashed the opponents' goalie even though the puck was covered and the referee called for a penalty against the player, sending him off for two minutes.

”We were in complete agreement with the referee. Our guy was just too aggressive,” said Larsson.

However, two parents from the Frölunda team didn't think the penalty was enough punishment for the young player and started heckling him loudly.

”They were just standing there shouting at this poor 11-year-old. It was a dad and perhaps a grandfather,” said Peter Larsson to the paper.

”Even some of the Frölunda parents were saying 'stop it, that's enough'.”

Finally, the mother of the boy decided enough was enough and confronted the two men, whereupon the real hullabaloo broke out.

”They got riled up and as she took a step back, one of them grabbed hold of her, calling her all sorts of awful things, saying she's a whore and such. She tried to free herself and punched one of them and then other parents joined in,” Larsson told the paper.

However, the fighting was assuaged after supporter guards, who happened to be in the vicinity at a nearby professional ice hockey game, turned up and could calm things down.

Both the two men and the mother were later questioned by the police.

”She has reported them, most likely for harassment,” said Larsson.

He told the paper he had never experienced anything similar before.

”It is really sad. Our children are overwrought. We have a big task ahead of us making everyone feel OK again,” he said to the paper.

Frölunda hockey club on Sunday issued a statement condemning what had happened. Spokesperson Peter Gyllander said that what had occurred was an ”embarrassment to Swedish youth sports”.

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”Frölunda regrets that the players from two teams have had a very unfortunate experience in their young hockey lives,” Gyllander said in the statement.

The team will now, together with Hovås, try to find out what really happened at the fateful game.

”Within the club we will sit down and see what we can do in the future to make sure it doesn't happen again,” said Mikael Ström of Frölunda.

According to Ström, the club already have a course for parents of hockey-playing kids.

”We go through what is important when you are a parent of a child who plays sports. How to support your child, what to do. Guidelines, really. It is an important role in many ways,” he said to Aftonbladet.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:13 December 5, 2011 by DAVID T
Hmmmm - Maybe the mother was a whore - I doubt we will ever find out
15:23 December 5, 2011 by Pacey
We need some pics and spicy stuff
17:35 December 5, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
LOL!! Swedes remind me of Canadians :-) Its a "hockey parent" thing.
17:50 December 5, 2011 by Greekfan
Come along now "children", take it easy, it's ONLY A GAME. I never know why so many players and spectators don't seem to understand this. Yes, it is nice to win but it doesn't really matter. The world won't end if your team loses.
18:36 December 5, 2011 by SimonDMontfort

....absolutely. Remember - its not the winning: its the taking [a]part. Lol!
18:56 December 5, 2011 by spo10
Too bad it ended in that manner. Those parents who started shouting were the culprit. Their over zealousness overrode their sense of propriety and started calling people names.
19:13 December 5, 2011 by Mark737408
epic parenting fails
00:54 December 6, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Another example of cold and emotionless Swedes that go through life as dullards and removed from life's excitement... totally void of feeling and warmth, and naturally backing down from confrontation...LOL
01:08 December 6, 2011 by J Jack
One person being held and the punching back while a few others join in doesn't really justify the use of the word massive.
20:34 December 6, 2011 by Canuck19
This doesn't happen only in Sweden - it happens across Canada and the US - not in great numbers but parents abusing officials, teams and players is something that for some reason cannot be completely eradicated
10:59 December 10, 2011 by wakak
If only Swedish parents were putting this kind of energy at work...
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