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Stop game to honor 9-year-old’s 200th hockey goal? Parents, coaches can’t agree — retain attorneys

Feb 16, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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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.

Norcross:

“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?!

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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]

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    I feel sorry for this kid. His parents seem very overbearing. If he does make it big in the pros, they’ll probably take all of his money.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    You can’t start pampering and coddling athletes too early.

  3. dammitjim30 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I’m on the side of the coach most definitely. No way should you be celebrating a 9-yr old’s 200th goal exspecially if they don’t keep stats at the age. The parents just need to sit back and let their kids enjoy their success without ramming it down their throat on how many goals he has; just let the kids be kids. The game shouldn’t have been stopped for something like this at their age. It teaches wrong things about gamesmanship and sportsmanship. The kid’s dad is trying to live his failings through his kid. Not good.

  4. jimguida - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    “Sitting next to his twin brother…” As I see it, they each made 100 goals but wanted the credit to go to one.

    “Lynn, lynn, the city of sin. You don’t go out the way you came in.” Trust me, everyone in Massachusets was thinking the same thing.

    Congrats on the 7000th post, Chandler. Unless, of course, you have a twin brother and this is really only your… oh, to heck with it. Here’s a puck.

  5. lrg51 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Not surprised anymore. I’ve coached house and travel teams for more than 20 years. Parents behave badly in youth hockey at ALL levels. The pressure on kids is tremendous and mostly from parents.

    Attorneys? Geezzz… Is it worth THAT much to celebrate your son’s supposedly 200th goal? And I’ll bet this is house league… Get a grip folks!!

  6. njsteeler - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Complete imbeciles!! And you know it was the parents that put him up to it. I’m with the Coach. Game held up for what? I’m not surprised he yelled at the kid after seeing that crap. If the kid has been playing long enough to score 200 goals by nine, then he’s heard a coach or two yell. I’d hate to have to deal with those nitwit parents. Totally out of touch. And they come off like they haven’t done anything wrong. Good job Coach!! Someone needed to teach him a lesson, since his parents haven’t.