Nothing wrong with a couple of guys celebrating a birthday with some beer they got as a gift, right? Well, not when they’re youth hockey coaches and they’re drinking at the rink after a morning game.
Two unnamed Medford (Mass.) Recreational Hockey coaches were canned this week after the organization received a parental complaint about the postgame brew fest, according to the Medford Transcript.
“USA Hockey is very clear in its guidance, which is basically zero tolerance,” Patrick McCabe, the president of Medford youth hockey’s board of directors, told the Transcript. “People have different experiences with alcohol. You have to be respectful to everyone and err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to kids. We don’t want them to think it’s a cool thing, and they start doing it themselves. Some kids don’t have parental guidance and look to coaches as role models. This is all about the kids and not about the parents or the coaches.”
According to the Transcript, one parent gave the beer to the coaches as a gift, and they drank them in front of the 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds in the locker room and the lobby of Medford’s LoConte Rink.
All is well for the kids, though, as former Detroit Red Wings draft pick Jon Coleman — a two-time All-American at Boston University — will take over the coaching reins alongside former Saint Anselm College captain Derek Wood, according to reports. Save those celebratory beers for the bar, boys.