Feb 16, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT
Parents of a 9-year-old Lynn Youth Hockey League players have retained “legal representation” after the lad’s coaches refused the parents’ request to stop a game to honor their son’s 200th goal. It happened in Lynn, Mass., where the parents of Austin Foglietta asked a ref to stop a game in which, they say, their son scored his “200th goal.”
From there, accounts differ: Austin’s dad, Bill Foglietta, said one of his coaches took the puck from Austin and threw it back onto the ice, and yelled at the boy.
The coach, Bill Norcross, denied the Foglietta’s claims, saying that no one yelled at his son. Norcross said that the parents are overbearing, and acted inappropriately. From the Newburyport Current:
Kevin Cassidy, assistant coach of the 9-year-old Lynn Youth Hockey (LYH) team where Austin Foglietta scored his “200th goal,” said he does not know who was tracking the young player’s goals; it is not the actual team, he said.
“We do not keep count of our kids’ personal statistics at any level at LYH,” Cassidy said in an e-mail to the Amesbury News and Newburyport Current. “The [Foglietta family] have been in several organizations in the last few years. I believe this is their second year with us. I have no idea if the 200 goals include practices, street hockey games or even knee hockey. Scoring goals is great but being a good teammate is what we try to instill in all our players.”
But the parents, Holly and Bill Foglietta, said that Norcross screamed at their son when he realized the boy had received permission from the referee to keep the puck.
“He said, ‘ridiculous, ridiculous, that’s the most selfish thing I’ve ever seen,’” Bill Foglietta said during an interview about the incident in his Salem home. “He took the puck away from Austin and threw it back on the ice. He broke my son’s heart and he did it publicly. It just tore me up inside.”
Sitting next to his twin brother William in their home Tuesday, Austin Foglietta said he felt “shocked and then I started to get scared,” when Norcross allegedly yelled at him.
“I’m upset, they made serious allegations against me that aren’t true,” Norcross said. “This has hurt my family. My son has been teased about this.”
Norcross acknowledged he believed what Austin Foglietta did violated the team emphasis that he preaches to the kids, and showed up the other team, who lost the game.
“The referee said the game is being held up because he (Austin) asked for the puck,” Norcross said. “I looked at him and said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought it was embarrassing to us as a team.”
The mother claims that the whole thing is retribution for her complaint earlier in the season that the coach had (allegedly) thrown a bag of pucks at one of her sons in the locker room for playing badly. The league has suspended both of the twins until a hearing is held. Both parents and coaches have retained attorneys.
On another note, this is the 7,000th post on Off the Bench! I’d like to pause now and switch keyboards, so that I may place the old keyboard on my trophy shelf to commemora… hey! Who threw that puck?!
Youth hockey league dispute has parents facing off against coach [ItemLive.com]
Parents, Coach in Conflict Over Proper Way to Celebrate Hockey Player’s 200th Goal . . . as a 9-Year-Old? [BadJocks]
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